A Hospital Lets Kids Drive Mini-Cars Into Surgery to Make Their Fear Disappear
An operating room is probably one of the scariest places for anybody, especially when it comes to children. That’s why the workers at Doctors Medical Center in California decided to add a little piece of joy for the kids on their way into surgery. For this purpose, they let their little patients take a ride to the operating room in style.
We at iBuzz got absolutely inspired by this brilliant initiative, so now we’d like to tell you more about it.
Having mini-cars in the hospital was the idea of one of the pre-op nurses, Kimberly Martinez. She did some research on the internet and found that these cars could have a lasting impact on young patients. Then she decided to try her theory in practice.
“When the children find out that they can go into the operating room driving in a cool little car, they light up and, in most cases, their fears melt away,” Martinez told iBuzz. “It can be traumatizing for a young patient to be peeled away from their parents as they head into surgery. So this helps both the patient and their parents.”
For now, the pediatric surgical fleet at Doctors Medical Center consists of 2 cars: a little black Mercedes and a pink Volkswagen Beetle. In their interview with iBuzz, the doctors said that the pink car was donated by one of their employees and her family and the black one was purchased by the hospital.
Though both cars at the hospital are made especially for kids from ages 2 to 7, they are fully equipped just like ordinary cars — their doors open and they have a safety belt, a horn, working headlights, back-up lights, and dash lights. There’s also a stereo with a variety of preloaded music and an MP3 player.
The cars can be operated in 2 different ways, either by remote control or by the kids themselves.
Initially, the idea was to reduce anxiety and stress and make the experience less scary for everyone involved. And it seems that this goal has been achieved. The cars serve as a great distraction for both kids and their parents, so they don’t focus on all the dangers of the upcoming surgery and enjoy their ride instead.
What do you think about this initiative? Would you like it to be introduced in your pediatric hospital? Please share your opinions with us in the comments.
Preview photo credit Doctors Medical Center / facebook