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Commitment to Comfort

What is it?

Commitment to Comfort® is a quality improvement initiative adapted from the Alberta Children's Hospital ( It was developed to promote comfort by helping lessen pain and distress in patients requiring a laboratory collection. While many strategies are aimed at pediatric patients, there are elements that anyone can use.

The strategies include using positive language about laboratory procedures, distractions, comfort positions and information about numbing products.

Where is it?

Commitment to Comfort strategies are in use at the Alberta Children's Hospital outpatient collection laboratory, however much of the information and resources will be helpful at any blood collection site. The work done at ACH was the subject of a Patient and Family Centred Care Newsletter article (

Where can I find out more?

You may find the following resources helpful in preparing yourself or your child for a laboratory collection:

Videos and other online resources