Pediatric Phlebotomy with Pain Management: Creating an Optimal Experience


Video length: 58 minutes



Having a medical procedure or a lab draw can be fearful for children. Even if it is their first time or they have had a bad past experience, there are ways to make these procedures easier for children. In this presentation, age-specific behaviors that should be kept in mind when interacting with the pediatric population and parents will be discussed. Pain management products and techniques utilized at Mayo Clinic will be shared, including creams, sprays, music therapy, and child-life specialists. The overall goal is to provide the tools necessary to show children that a lab draw doesn’t have to be scary or painful.


Ryan Halda, Laboratory Services Assistant Supervisor Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology, Mayo Clinic Rochester, Minnesota

Ryan Halda
Laboratory Services Assistant Supervisor
Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology
Mayo Clinic
Rochester, Minnesota

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  • Differentiate behavioral considerations amongst the various age groups within the pediatric population.
  • Recall products and techniques used for pain management.
  • Apply the skills learned in participants’ daily work to provide the best care possible.

Intended Audience

This series is appropriate for phlebotomists, phlebotomy managers, phlebotomy educators, and other patient-care staff involved in specimen collection. 

Faculty Disclosure

Course director(s), planning committee, faculty, and all others who are in a position to control the content of this educational activity are required to disclose all relevant financial relationships with any commercial interest related to the subject matter of the educational activity. Safeguards against commercial bias have been put in place. Faculty members also will disclose any off-label and/or investigational use of pharmaceuticals or instruments discussed in their presentations. Disclosure of this information will be published in course materials so those participants in the activity may formulate their own judgments regarding the presentations.

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