<< Vascular Access in Pediatric Patients in the Emergency Department: Types of Access, Indications, and Complications

Risk Management Pitfalls in Pediatric Patients Who Need Vascular Access

1. “I need to place an IV catheter in a 13-year-old boy; he’s old enough to handle the pain.”

Age-appropriate relaxation techniques and analgesia should be provided for every patient undergoing a vascular access procedure. Guided imagery, watching a movie, or listening to music, as well as the use of a Buzzy® or needle-free injection of lidocaine would be appropriate for this patient. These techniques may improve patient and family satisfaction with the experience.

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