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The PainFree Plan

A member of the PainFree Program will contact you to discuss your child's PainFree procedure.

What can I expect on the day of my child's procedure?

On the day of your child's test or procedure, you will meet the entire PainFree Team. Together a plan will be developed to help support your child through his or her test or procedure experience.

Assessments of your child's needs are shared between the parent(s), the child life specialist, the nursing staff, and the anesthesia team. Together we will develop a plan based on the assessment. This plan may involve distraction and support by the child life specialist, sedation or anesthesia by the anesthesia team, or a combination of the interventions.

What does a PainFree plan consist of?

This plan is a flexible one with built-in alternatives. We understand that children's reactions to medical experiences can be unpredictable. We have the ability to change our plan "mid-stream," if necessary. You team will discuss with you the different options your child will have to complete the procedure that they need.

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