Safe and Sound Pain Management Program
Each year, tens of thousands of people die from an opioid or medication overdose. Many of them are children.
Cook Children’s Safe and Sound Pain Management Program is dedicated to finding better ways to manage pain in children.
We know that everyone feels pain in different ways. That's why it's important to make sure there are better tools and treatments to control their pain. How? By empowering patients, families, and communities to take charge of medication safety.
We're doing this by educating them on:
- Safe dosing
- Safe storage
- Safe disposal of medications
Together with our Opioid Stewardship Committee, we've also:
- Created provider guidelines
- Improved staff and family education
- Integrated electronic health records
- Partnered with community resources
Through these efforts, we're already making great strides. We've reduced the number of opioids prescribed to our patients by half. At the same time, we're providing safer, more effective ways to control pain for children.
Opioid Stewardship Committee Charter: Our mission is to improve patient safety, reduce the risk for potential child addiction, ingestion, misuse, overdose, and death, while promoting best practices through the safe and sound management of pain.
If a poisoning does happen, call the North Texas Poison Center at 1-800-222-1222 (add this number to your cell phone right now). Calls are answered by nurses and pharmacists and 80 percent of them are handled at home, without going to the Emergency Room. Call 9-1-1 if your child won't wake up, is having trouble breathing or is having seizures.
Poison prevention tips Visit meddropbox.org
Opioid epidemic resources
- American Academy of Pediatrics
- American Medical Association
- Centers for Disease Control
- The Opioid Epidemic: Impact on Pediatric Patients (Sept. 2018 Grand Rounds)
- The Road to Patient/Family Experience (Comfort Menu @ Minute 52 - 58 | Oct. 2018 Grand Rounds)
- Neurological Perspective of Yoga Therapy for Pain Reduction (Jan. 2019 Grand Rounds)
- Teen Opioid Overdoses Spike at Cook Children's (July 2021)
Engage your patients in choosing nonpharmacologic and low-risk pharmacologic pain management techniques as preferred first-line treatments. Use a pediatric comfort menu to aid in the discussions. The comfort menu is available in both English and Spanish.
A complete pain care plan includes assessing and addressing psychosocial aspects of pain such as stress, distress anxiety, and depression. The following list contains programs that can assist with coping strategies, behavioral modification, or chemical dependencies.
For questions, contact Psychiatry Intake at 682-885-3917