Friday, November 15, 2013
Making hospitals less scary for kids
Laura Landro (WSJ, Nov 12, 2013) wrote about ways hospitals are trying to make a stay less awful for little kids.
Just think--the needles, IVs, clanking machines, anesthesia, bright lights--I am an adult and can't stand these things.
Three million kids are "medically complex" and 5% more are added each year.
Hospitals use dolls and puppets for "medical play." They have special painfree injection routines.
They also give the kids a tour before surgery--so they can see what's what.
They even have digital videos kids can watch inside MRIs.
At a hospital near here in Phoenix--Cardon Children's--they never perform painful procedures in the patient's room--that is a safety zone.
When something "bad" happens, the kids go to the Toy Closet after for a fun toy to play with. Even the Spanish-speaking kids know the phrase "Toy Closet."