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Soft on Sticks: An Evidence-Based Practice Approach to Reduce Children's Needlestick Pain

Jeffs, Debra PhD, RN; Wright, Carol BSN, MAHA, RN; Scott, Angela MNSc, RN, PCNS-BC, APN; Kaye, Joanne RN; Green, Angela PhD, NNP-BC, APN; Huett, Amy BSN, RN

doi: 10.1097/NCQ.0b013e31820e11de

Soft on Sticks is a comprehensive, interdisciplinary, evidence-based practice initiative that was implemented to ensure consistent use of pharmacologic and nonpharmacologic interventions to reduce pain associated with needlestick procedures performed on children. Pre- and postimplementation data from children, parents, and nurses showed positive results from the practice change and identified areas for further improvement.

Patient Care Services, Arkansas Children's Hospital, Little Rock, Arkansas.

Correspondence: Debra Jeffs, PhD, RN, Arkansas Children's Hospital, Slot 807, 1 Children's Way, Little Rock, AR 72202 (

Accepted for publication: January 3, 2011

© 2011 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.