Needle Fear Solutions



In this webinar, Dr Amy Baxter, the paediatric emergency physician and brains behind Buzzy, shares with us the research behind pain and the negative effects of poorly managed pain on subsequent procedures. We will address pediatric medical procedures and the state of the art in reducing the impact of pain, short and long term. Dr Baxter also explores the relationship between pain, fear and attention and how making slight shifts in our practice can have a profound impact on the child and their experience.



Procedural pain and poor pain management in children can lead to lifelong phobias, such as needle phobia, and short term procedural fails; it’s also often unnecessary. Although there are pharmacological treatments for pain, nurses can also use non-pharmacological methods for pain control.



This lecture will address pediatric medical procedures and the state of the art tools that can aid in reducing the impact of pain, acutely and long term.


Learning Outcomes

In this session, you will

  • Gain an understanding of the current pain research and recommendations
  • Acquire knowledge of gate theory and pain management
  • Understand how positions of comfort can empower the child and their caregivers
  • Learn to anticipate a difficult IV and provide appropriate care measures to minimise the risk


Who is this for?

This webinar is for nurses and doctors who would like to gain a better understanding about non-pharmacological methods of pain control in children, and how addressing pain can decrease fear in children.



As a double boarded pediatric emergency physician, Dr. Baxter founded and directed PEMA Emergency Research, Scottish Rite, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. After graduating from Yale University and Emory University School of Medicine, she completed a pediatrics residency, child abuse fellowship, and emergency pediatrics fellowship. Federally funded for her work in needle pain management, she has published multiple first author papers and lectures nationally and internationally on sedation and procedural pain management.  A founding board member of the Society for Pediatric Sedation, she serves on Standish board for hospital pain relief, as well as reviewing for multiple scholarly journals, conference, and grant boards. Dr. Baxter is known for creating and validating the BARF nausea scale for children with cancer, and holds patents on MDEA-Winning Buzzy® physiologic pain blocker, DistrACTION® cards, and VibraCool tendinitis therapy. As CEO of PAIN CARE Labs, she hopes to advance the national dialogue on needlephobia, and uncouple fear from pain. National speaking venues include MakerFaire, AARP@50+, TEDMED and Exponential Medicine.  She has been recognized by Inc. Magazine, the Wall Street Journal, was a 2017 Top 40 Healthcare Transformer, and was Georgia Bio’s Innovative CEO of the Year.

Course Content

Total learning: 1 lesson / 1 quiz Time: 1 hour


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