Easy as ABC: Creating a Policy for Non-Pharmacological Pain Management in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
Research focuses on the value of providing non-pharmacological pain management for comfort during procedures in the NICU. This presentation describes the way one NICU team collaborated, researched, and implemented an adaptation of a system-wide policy based on the known needs of their specific neonatal and infant population. Positive results came from providing consistent, developmentally-appropriate support during painful procedures.
Explore the developmental considerations and specific needs of infants and neonates within a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).
Explore steps towards implementation of new guidelines for treating stress and pain in infants.
Explore ways to educate and effectively communicate with the multidisciplinary team regarding newly created policies and guidelines.
Morgan M. Livingstone
Child Life Officer/Clinical Supervisor
Morgan Livingstone has been passionately working in a Child Life community based child life practice since 2003.
Morgan works locally in children's homes, hospitals, hospices and clinics providing traditional child life supports and preparations to children of all ages facing serious illness, surviving trauma, anxiety, illness of a family member, and loss/bereavement.
Morgan also works in many low income countries around the world providing child life clinical supervision, education and hands on learning to build locally sustainable, locally staffed, culturally appropriate child life programs.
Hailey E. Simpson
Hailey Simpson graduated with a master’s degree in Human Development and Family Sciences from The University of Georgia in 2017. Following graduate school, Hailey completed her clinical child life internship at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. Since then she has worked at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston in their Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. In addition to her clinical role, Hailey serves on many hospital and departmental committees including the NICU Neuroprotective Care Council. During her time in the NICU she has championed many unit initiatives including work on research-based developmental care practices, family visitation policies, sibling education & support, and non-pharmacological pain management practices. She is passionate about advocating for the littlest of patients and supporting their families during the hospitalization.