This is where distraction methods enter. When it comes medical procedures being performed on a child, adolescent, or even and adult distraction methods can play a vital role in the overall patient experience. By first explaining what is going to happen, they then have a better understanding of what is to come and what may be experienced during the procedure. Preparing the patient and distraction methods go hand in hand. With dealing with pediatric patients and distraction techniques for them, it is great when a facility is equipped with age appropriate distraction tools, or methods and staffed with Child Life Specialists, as they are trained in the art of distraction and helping the child, or adolescent to understand what is about to happen, and create a calm and less stressful environment for the child. Most child life staff are usually prepared and equip with books, smart devices to play videos on, sing a song or to play an interactive game that helps to distract the child from what is happening. They are a wonderful asset to have in the room for pediatric ages and are a huge advantage for those overly anxious children or teens. Sometimes the simplest ideas work the best but it’s always a plus to be creative as each patient is unique and will need different levels of distraction techniques, and sometimes one isn’t enough. Other methods of distraction consist of providing the child something to hold on to, like their favorite stuffed animal or toy while also making sure they are able to and see or touch their parent, while also considering the position the patient is in when getting a medical procedure done. When it comes to dealing with children the child needs to feel safe and comfortable in their environment. There a few different positions that can be beneficial. Laying in the supine position or lying flat on the bed can be a comfortable start. If the parent is available to assist and not be in the way during the procedure this is a common suggestion nurses or child life staff usually suggest for some pediatric patients who are getting an IV as they can have the child sit in their lap facing away from the procedure. It is very important to know or figure out what will make the patient more comfortable. Some patients like to see what is happening and some do not. Sometimes, by not looking at the procedure this can help reduce the pain a patient feels or help to create a virtually pain free experience, while also using pain management tools or devices to assist with the medical procedure. At the end of the day, it is all about the patient experience and trying to make a scary, anxiety-filled situation more tolerable. This isn’t always an option for some nurses who do not have the time, or the work load is substantial for the day. A study does show6 that when health care providers don’t have the time or make the time for a patient or do not incorporate comfort positions or distraction techniques, that this can add more distress to the patient rather than help to relieve a patient’s pain and anxiety. By incorporating these techniques into their daily patient routine or for the patients that really do need just a little more time, this could help to improve better health care outcomes for not only the hospital but the overall patient experience as well, if they made it a general rule to do this for all patients such as the PANDA4 initiative does at Wolfson and Children’s Hospital in Jacksonville Florida.