Child Life

 

Certified Child Life Specialists are hospital ambassadors, educators, advocates and a personal support system for patients and their families.  Certified Child Life Specialists prepare patients for and distract them during procedures, offer coping skills and give patients and their families the tools to make their experience a positive one. 

Our fellowship program places Certified Child Life Specialists in medical facilities around the globe for one year. We assist with finding funding or create a partnership with your donor. 

Life Pain Specialists

Life Pain Specialists are new frontline hospital workers created by Alliance for Kids specifically for combating the opioid epidemic. LPS will act as a "pain coach" and will provide pain management strategies and education on the effects and dangers of pharmaceutical pain relievers. A critical role of the LPS is to assess for risk of substance misuse and provide education, support and resources. We provide training and one yearfellowships for this position. 

• LPS are trained on Mental Health First Aid ® (MHFA) to provide patients with an

advocate to recognize and assess mental health symptoms. They will provide professional and self-care resources.

• LPS will provide the resources roadmap for long-term physical and psychological pain management utilizing The Whole Life Inventory developed by Duke

University and the VA. The inventory helps patients define their protective factors for guarding against substance misuse.

• The LPS will provide local, state, and national resources to enhance the effectiveness of the program.

• LPS will provide education for caretakers on the risk of opioid use and the non -

pharmaceutical pain management protocol.

• LPS will provide follow up for all patients in alignment with their risk for opioid

addiction. Low risk patients will receive a follow up survey. Medium and high-risk

patients will receive a call from the LPS to review pain management coping and

opioid use parameters, and will be evaluated by either acute or chronic pain or

addiction medicine specialists.

• LPS will identify patients who were prescribed an opioid within the last 24 hours

• LPS will assess all identified patients with evidenced based ORT/ CRAFFT scale

for addiction risk level and complete a pain plan with the patient.

• LPS will provide patients with substance misuse flyers and health department

non-pharmaceutical pain management information guides.

• LPS will go over opioid disposal protocols

• Manage and facilitate customized patient pain plan

• Educate patients (with target ages between 13 and 30, family, and primary caregivers on clear expectations of pain.

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