Championing pain within your organization in the time of COVID

Last modified by Logan Green on 2020/09/14 18:48

Despite the current crisis that COVID has brought upon us, pain continues to be an issue in pediatric care. Pain can be considered an adverse event, and pain is a safety issue at hospitals. In this time of a global pandemic it’s difficult to maintain a focus on daily issues like pain management.

This webinar will include a discussion of the barriers to moving forward with implementing pain management practices. The facilitators will discuss leverage points – why it’s important to focus on appropriate pediatric pain management and how to get organized within your institution. We will constructively think about building the infrastructure needed to create an institutional commitment to pain care. And we’ll identify resources to draw upon to help grow pain management practices.

Following this webinar, participants will understand:
- Strategies for keeping pain a top priority
- Institutional structures that support pain care
- Organizations to help build a commitment to pain care (e.g., SKIP + ChildKind, etc)

Primary audience(s)
● Front-line service providers
● Middle managers

Secondary audience(s)
● Researchers
● Senior Leaders

Click here to register for the webinar on September 30, 2020 from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM EDT.

Eileen Gillespie RN, BScN
Manager – Ambulatory Care and Regional Poison Centre
IWK Health Centre – Children’s Health Program

Nivez Rasic, BSc MD FRCPC
Pediatric Anesthesiologist & Pain Physician
Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine,
University of Calgary
Medical Lead, Vi Riddell Pain & Rehabilitation Program

Dr. Nivez Rasic is a pediatric anesthesiologist and Clinical Associate Professor with theDepartment of Anesthesia, Perioperative and Pain Medicine, University of Calgary. She is the Medical Lead of the Vi Riddell Pain Program at the Alberta Children’s Hospital (ACH), which is a unique program involving a partnership with clinical care and pediatric pain research, as well as specialized programming such as the Intensive Pain Rehabilitation program for adolescents, the first in Canada. ACH has received the prestigious international ChildKind designation, for its excellence in pediatric pain management. Her clinical work involves providing anesthesia for children and managing acute, complex andchronic pain in youth. She is a researcher and educator, and has the privilege of serving as the Acute Pain Lead on the Alberta Pain Strategy. 

William T. Zempsky, MD, MPH - ChildKind Representative
The Francine L. and Robert B. Goldfarb-William T. Zempsky, MD
Endowed Chair for Pain and Palliative Medicine
Associate Chair for Research
Connecticut Children's Medical Center
Professor of Pediatrics and Nursing
University of Connecticut

Dr. Zempsky is a Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine and the Head of the Division of Pain and Palliative Medicine at ConnecticutChildren’s Medical Center. Dr. Zempsky received his undergraduate degree fromCornell University. He graduated from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and completed a pediatric residency on the Harriet Lane Service at Johns HopkinsHospital. He also completed a fellowship at the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. In 2012, he received a Masters in Public Health from the University of Massachusetts. Dr. Zempsky is an international expert on pediatric pain management. He has published numerous research papers, and received several NIH grants including an ongoing grant focused on improving the lives of children with severe functional disability associated with pain. Dr. Zempsky has received major awards including the prestigious Donaghue Investigator Award, as well as the Mayday Pain and Society Fellowship to enhance hisa bilities in pain advocacy. Dr. Zempsky is a co-editor of the Oxford Textbook of Pediatric Pain the leading text in the field . His division was designated a Center of Clinical Excellence by the American Pain Society in 2014 and is also one of the first 3programs in the world to receive the ChildKind certification focused on improving pain management for all children. Dr. Zempsky was elected as Chair of the Pediatric Special Interest Group of the American Pain Society in 2015. He was appointed as the pediatric representative to the Physicians Medical Marijuana Board for the State of Connecticut in 2016.


Jenny Sun - Parent representative
Jenny has been a patient partner with the ChildKind project at BCCH since the conception of the structure in May 2019. She participates as a former patient on the Caregiver Supporter Advisory as well as the ChildKind KT Committee.

Jenny was diagnosed with AIS at the age of 11 and had since undergone two spinal fusion surgeries. Her experience with scoliosis has since propelled her to pursue a career in the healthcare field. She is currently studying at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, and she is actively involved in the ChildKind project as a member of the Caregiver Supporter Advisory and ChildKind Knowledge Translation Committee.

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Created by Logan Green on 2020/09/14 18:06