Good Practice Guidelines: Evidence-based Guidelines for the Management of Invasive and/or Distressing Procedures with Children

Good Practice Guidelines: Evidence-based Guidelines for the Management of Invasive and/or Distressing Procedures with Children
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Item # MZCAT-606
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Edited by Dr Sarah Gaskell, Consultant Clinical Psychologist

Summary 

These guidelines are based on the premise that 'needle phobia' is uncommon and an inappropriate term for the distress and/or anxiety experienced by children/young people when subject to invasive procedures. Fear is a normal response to a threatening stimulus that involves three response systems (physiological arousal, covert feelings and thoughts and overt behavioural expressions). 

Aims of the Guideline

  • To minimise the distress experienced by children/young people around invasive/distressing procedures and to facilitate the development of their coping skills for the benefit of their health care and well-being.
  • To optimise the competency and confidence of 'front line' staff in dealing with potentially distressing procedures.
  • To minimise the use of restraint (as distinct from positioning and holding).
  • To identify when other services (e.g. hospital play specialists, clinical psychologists) may need to be involved.

Description 

Contents

  • Guideline Development Group
  • Aims of the Guideline
  • Stakeholders and Consultation Process
  • Reasons for Guideline Development
  • Guideline Philosophy and Principles Guideline
  • Appendices

 

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