Child Life in the Emergency Department

Child life specialists are an integral part of the multidisciplinary emergency care team at Children’s Minnesota. They assess and support the psychosocial and emotional well-being of patients and families who are in need of support for invasive procedures, trauma, new diagnosis and unplanned medical care. These specialists develop patient specific, developmentally appropriate interventions which help create a safe, child friendly environment which has been proven to decrease patient anxiety and the perception of pain. This translates into higher quality outcomes and increased patient and family satisfaction. The goal of this program is to expand child life coverage in the St. Paul Emergency Department and the number of patients served.