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Music therapy in the ED: Helping kids deal with painful procedures

from By Dorothy L. Tengler

Imagine how scary it is for young children to process the activities in a busy emergency department, especially in view of the critical injuries crashing through the ED doors, not to mention the kids' own injuries. Parents sit with them in this environment, providing — if they can — some semblance of comfort and reassurance. That said, what would help these traumatized youngsters deal with whatever uncomfortable or downright painful procedures they might be facing in an emergency setting? A recent Canadian study suggests music may help distract children who need to undergo painful procedures in the ED. more


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