Team-Tested Practices
Nurse tends to an infant in an incubator

Emma Luz Yabut, RN, a UNAC/UHCP member, cares for one of the infant charges in the Panorama City NICU.

Easing the Pain for Babies and Families—the Right Words

When this unit-based team began its improvement effort, only 62.5 percent of parents at the Panorama City Medical Center NICU agreed that they were taught about the pain scale and how their infant’s pain would be managed. UBT members created a script to educate parents during admission about the type and severity of pain their newborns might experience and what steps health care providers would take to manage it. The pain management service score soared to 100 percent within three months and has remained in the 90s since then.

What Got Results

  • Creating a script to educate parents about the type and severity of pain their newborns might experience
  • Articulating clearly what steps health care providers would take to manage babies’ pain
  • Educating parents about pain management at admission to NICU instead of waiting until the issue arose
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