Relief of pain and anxiety in pediatric patients in emergency medical systems

Pediatrics. 2012 Nov;130(5):e1391-405. doi: 10.1542/peds.2012-2536. Epub 2012 Oct 29.


Control of pain and stress for children is a vital component of emergency medical care. Timely administration of analgesia affects the entire emergency medical experience and can have a lasting effect on a child's and family's reaction to current and future medical care. A systematic approach to pain management and anxiolysis, including staff education and protocol development, can provide comfort to children in the emergency setting and improve staff and family satisfaction.

Publication types

  • Practice Guideline

MeSH terms

  • Anxiety / diagnosis
  • Anxiety / therapy*
  • Child
  • Emergency Service, Hospital*
  • Humans
  • Pain Management*
  • Pain Measurement
  • Stress, Psychological / diagnosis
  • Stress, Psychological / therapy