Chair: Alina Lazar, MD
There is little available information on how to create and maintain a pediatric pain service, and even less practical first-hand knowledge available to the practitioner interested in developing one. Some institutions lack the resources to create formal pediatric pain services but could benefit from multidisciplinary institutional initiatives to improve acute pain care. Our Special Interest Group strives to fill this gap. The overarching goal of this SIG is to promote effective and sustainable operational models of pediatric acute pain care adapted to individual institutional needs and resources, and to promote collaboration and mentorship between interested institutions. The SIG is aiming to:
- Educate and mentor practitioners in the technicalities of starting a pediatric acute pain service, with input from establish experts within the SPPM.
- Identify solutions for improving pediatric acute pain management in situations where a formal dedicated pediatric pain service is not feasible.
- Create up-to date resources to assist in the daily operations of a pain service.
- Provide professional development opportunities for practitioners interested in acute pain.
- Facilitate collaboration and information sharing between similar-profile institutions, and between established pediatric acute pain services and emerging ones.
- Promote a focus on collaboration across multiple disciplines to ensure coverage of all aspects of acute pain.
- Identify means to monitor the progress and success of new pediatric pain services and promote accountability.