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A Passionate Commitment to Children’s Comfort

A Passionate Commitment to Children’s Comfort

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Certification Recognizes Central DuPage Hospital

Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital is the first non-children’s hospital, and only the ninth hospital in the world, to be certified by ChildKind International. ChildKind Certification recognizes healthcare facilities that demonstrate institution-wide excellence in their assessment, prevention and treatment of children’s pain.

“This certification by ChildKind is the result of the ‘patients first’ mentality in all the nurses and physicians at the Lurie Children’s pediatric program at Central DuPage Hospital,” says Jeffrey Loughead, MD, medical director, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago at Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital.

Prominent pediatric institutions that have received the certification include Boston Children’s Hospital, Seattle Children’s Hospital, Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital, and Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago.

The ChildKind surveyors praised Central DuPage Hospital for a “culture of comfort,” and for the enthusiasm and camaraderie the staff brought to this issue. They highlighted the administrative support for pain management, noting the hospital has four pain resource nurses, seven child life specialists and a Pediatric Pain Committee. They specifically recognized Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist Michele Habich, DNP, APN/CNS, CPN, for her national reputation in the field of pediatric pain.

To achieve certification, hospitals must complete the Five Principles of ChildKind:

  • Presence of a facility-wide policy on pain prevention, assessment and treatment that demonstrates clear institutional commitment to pain relief
  • Ongoing education on pain for staff, trainees and patients
  • Evidence of the sustained use of a developmentally appropriate process for pain assessment
  • Specific evidence-informed protocols for pain prevention and treatment including pharmacological, psychological and physical methods
  • Regular institutional self-monitoring within the framework of continuous quality improvement

Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago at Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital is a collaborative program for pediatric care in west suburban Chicago. Serving approximately one in three pediatric cases in the region, the program has vastly increased local access to pediatric specialty care in the western suburbs, providing access to more than 150 board-certified pediatric specialists. These pediatric specialists work with experienced pediatric nurses and other compassionate caregivers to treat thousands of infants, children and teens each year.

The ChildKind initiative was conceived by the Special Interest Group on Pain in Childhood of the International Association for the Study of Pain to reduce pain in children. ChildKind International is endorsed by the American Pain Society and the American Society for Pain Management Nursing.

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