Welcome to Every Child Every Time – our commitment to prevent and relieve pain.
We, nurses, therapists, child life specialists, pharmacists, psychologists, physicians, patients and parents, have come together to form Every Child Every Time. Every Child Every Time works under the umbrella of the Child Health Program of the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority and the Department of Pediatrics and Child Health of the University of Manitoba. Every Child Every Time is funded by the Children’s Hospital Foundation of Manitoba.
Many injuries and illnesses are treated much better today than some years ago. However, pain related to injuries, illnesses and medical treatment remains a problem for children of all ages.
We know today: Suffering from pain very early during the first months and years of life can influence how the body handles pain for the rest of a lifespan. Fortunately, even though some pain is inevitable, we’ve learned how to prevent and relieve most.
Therefore, it is time for a culture change in our vision of pain management:
Every Child Every Time aspires to prevent and relieve pain as best as possible and at any time for all children and adolescents who receive healthcare in Winnipeg, and, in the longer term, throughout the province of Manitoba, Canada
Every Child Every Time will
- advocate for children to have access to all possible tools at any time to prevent and reduce pain.
- educate healthcare providers to offer all possible tools to their patients at any time to prevent and reduce pain.
- educate patients and families to raise awareness about all options available how to prevent and reduce pain and to help them to advocate for themselves and their children.
- put guidelines into practice to prevent and relieve pain by all possible means at any time for all children.
To bring our “comfort promise” to life, we will follow 5 principles we have borrowed from Childkind International. Childkind International is an international, non-profit organization that promotes pain prevention and relief for all children.
The 5 principles include 1) facility wide policies on pain prevention and management to demonstrate the institutional commitment, 2) ongoing education of staff, trainees, patients and families on how to prevent and reduce pain, best practice in 3) pain assessment, 4) pain treatment and prevention, and 5) ongoing evaluation of clinical practice and quality improvement.
Childkind International certifies healthcare facilities such as hospitals that have made the “comfort promise” come true. We, Every Child Every Time, think that Childkind Certification is the way to go in Manitoba.