In a innovative project to improve on our management of mild to moderate pain in the emergency department, and to provide alternate therapy modalities (particularly in response to potential analgesic sourcing issues following the recent multi-drug shortages from pharmaceutical companies), we are trialling these new happy traction kits.
Research has shown that by simply altering the expressions and posturing of our bodies to display strong emotions, a significant change in mood/feelings can be achieved. Even when these expressions are not representative of the initial emotions experienced ( a sort of emotional fake it till you make it).
Patients who present with visual or numeric pain scores of between 1 and 4 out of 10, are now offered simple analgesia and commenced on our “happy-trac” kits.
The kits come in three traction strengths:
- Blue: mildly amused smirk
- Yellow: giggle grin
- Red: outrageously happy / fulminant joygasm (Considered schedule 8 intervention. Advanced airway management equipment should be readily available)
The kits are cheap and easily assembled from hospital supplies.