Ensuring children feel calm during clinical procedures
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Ensuring children feel calm during clinical procedures

Lucy Bray Professor of child health literacy, Edge Hill University

In such situations, nurses need to consider the consequences of anxiety and 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.

Nursing Children and Young People. 34, 3, 7-8. doi: 10.7748/ncyp.34.3.7.s3

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