Children in Hospital Ireland (CHI) were pleased and privileged to welcome Dr. Piet Leroy MD PhD, a senior consultant and director of the Paediatric Procedural Unit at Maastricht University Medical Centre, to Dublin where he was our guest speaker for our Annual Lecture. The topic of “Procedural anxiety & pain in children” sparked a sincere interest throughout the medical community. Our panel on the evening was Dr. Carol Blackburn, Head of Emergency Medicine at Crumlin Children’s Hospital, Dr. Kevin McCarthy, Consultant in Paediatric Pain Medicine at Temple Street Children’s Hospital and Norma O’Keeffe, RANP & CNS Children’s Pain in Temple Street Children’s Hospital and the debate that followed was wonderfully chaired by broadcaster Aine Lawlor.
Dr.Leroy’s lecture “When drugs meet empathy: how to achieve optimal procedural comfort care in sick children” examined how painful and or stressful medical procedures mean a substantial burden for sick children and cited strong evidence that procedure-related pain and distress causes increased pain sensation and decreased analgesic efficacy in subsequent procedures, post-traumatic stress symptoms and decreased compliance with future healthcare. Dr. Leroy advocates that procedural comfort care must always start with a child-friendly, non-threatening environment in which well being, confidence and self-efficacy are optimized and maintained.
Dr. Leroy was invited to discuss “how to achieve optimal procedural comfort care in sick children” with Newstalk’s Sean Moncrieff – listen back here.