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date: 05 December 2019

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With the increasing recognition of pediatric sleep disorders, there is a growing demand for pediatric sleep medicine services, including polysomnography (PSG). Treating a child’s and parent’s emotional, developmental, and psychosocial needs simultaneously with their medical needs has a significant positive and lasting impact on them, improving their future health care experiences and overall family satisfaction. This chapter will present the Rainbow Comfort Measures© (RCM©) model of care and how the model’s guiding principles can be effectively integrated in a pediatric sleep center’s operations and clinical practices. Practical interventions and coping strategies, integral to RCM©, will also be discussed. By incorporating these foundational principles into a pediatric sleep center’s standard of care, a parent and child’s anxiety will decrease and their understanding, cooperation, achievement, self-control, and self-esteem will be enhanced. Additionally, the sleep center staff’s knowledge base and confidence will be strengthened, the ability to gather high quality PSG data will improve, and overall patient satisfaction scores will increase.

Keywords: pediatrics, polysomnography, medical procedures, rainbow comfort measures, rainbow comfort positioning, procedural distress, psychological preparation, parental participation, child participation, coping skills

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