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How to ensure children feel calm during clinical procedures

Often during a challenging procedure, nurse focus can be on completing the task and not on considering the consequences of distress on a child’s well-being

Often during a challenging procedure, nurse focus can be on completing the task and not on considering the consequences of distress on a child’s well-being

Thousands of children undergo clinical procedures, such as medicine administration, blood tests, examinations and X-rays every day. In many cases these procedures go well and are completed quickly, and the child leaves happily with a sticker or certificate.

However, there are occasions when a child becomes upset, distressed and resists all the attempts of healthcare professionals to complete a procedure.

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