Effect of distraction on children's pain during intravenous catheter insertion

Tahereh Sadeghi, Nooredin Mohammadi, Mahmood Shamshiri, Rafat Bagherzadeh, Navabeh Hossinkhani

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    Purpose: This study examined the effect of pressing a soft ball during intravenous catheter insertion (IVCI) on the intensity of pain in children ages 4-6 years. Design and Methods: In this quasi-experimental study, children in the intervention group were asked to press a soft ball with the opposite hand during IVCI and to immediately mark the Wong-Baker FACES Pain Rating Scale. Results: There was a significant difference in the intensity of pain between the control group (n = 30) and the intervention group (n = 30; p =.012). Practice Implications: Pressing a soft ball during IVCI may be an easily accessed, inexpensive, and effective technique to control or reduce pain in young children.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)109-114
    Number of pages6
    JournalJournal for Specialists in Pediatric Nursing
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - Apr 2013


    • Children
    • Distraction
    • Intravenous catheter insertion
    • Pain
    • Wong-Baker FACES Pain Rating Scale


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