Trauma Care Begins with Pain ReliefAt Packard Children's, we're experts in treating pain. We apply a range of interventions to reduce physical discomfort for your child every step of the way. Topical skin anesthetics and icing sprays before blood draws and the use of skin adhesives instead of stitches are just the beginning. Pain medications that can be inhaled through the nose and the safest anesthesia procedures allow us to reduce not just pain, but also the anxiety your child may experience with trauma. Family-centered care is central to successful treatment. We partner closely with families as members of our care team, so that your observations about your child can help us provide the very best pain relief throughout your child's treatment and recovery.
Beyond Physical Pain: Alleviating StressWhen pediatric trauma patients are brought in by ambulance or helicopter, they often arrive in the Emergency Department before their parents do. To make sure they feel safe, secure and in good company, our Child Life specialists step in immediately to help comfort and support them before, and after, their parents arrive. Staying close to the patient at the head of the trauma bed, our Child Life specialists engage the child directly by talking to them and reassuring them. While physicians and nurses provide care, the Child Life specialist provides a point of focus for the child, and a friend at their side.
Even after parents arrive, and throughout treatment, Child Life specialists provide education, support and stress-reduction techniques for procedures common in the Emergency Department. They are specially trained to explain tests and treatments at level appropriate for each child's developmental age.
When a stay in the hospital means missed days at school, children may worry about falling behind or missing their community of friends. To support the emotional wellbeing and academic needs of each child, the Palo Alto Unified School District provides a free public education program for patients right inside the hospital, either at the hospital school or at the patient's bedside if they are unable to attend.