Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario

Approaches to Prevent Treatment Interference (Paediatric)

Best practice approaches to prevent treatment interference in paediatric critical care settings: 

Nursing Intervention Strategies to Prevent Treatment Interference in Children

• Establish rapport with child and family

• Provide child and family with pertinent information

• Provide child with creative and stimulating activities

• Attach devices in a way that maintains comfort

• Insert devices in locations that do not interfere with natural body movements

• Use camouflage that is lightweight and comfortable

• Use tape judiciously

• Prepare child adequately for stressful procedures

• Engage child while carrying out procedures

• Offer the child choices

• Use guided exploration

• Embrace family-centered care

• Choose interventions that may prevent treatment interference carefully

• Use distraction during stressful procedures

Clinical Management
Promoting Safety: Alternative Approaches to the Use of Restraints
Point of Care Resources