The next worse thing  to a child facing unknown and terribly stressful hospital experiences is the agony of the parents witnessing it all. The Presbyterian/Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital, in New York are fully aware of that, and seem to have the right idea about child hospitalisation. The secret behind 2014-2015’s “Best Children’s Hospital” success are some radical new ideas that we hope are adopted by all hospitals!

For example, their pirate-themed CT scan is an amazing way to relax frightened children and put a smile in their faces even during hospital tests. Dr. Carrie Ruzal-Shapiro, the hospital’s chief of pediatric radiology says: “The pirates are giving parents a way to distract their kids. It allows children to imagine all sorts of things, so it doesn’t seem like a horrible, scary chore.”

On the hospital’s official website, Director Toni Millar emphasises how the hospital understands that ‘that your child’s illness or injury affects your entire family. Our certified child life specialists and licensed creative arts therapists provide family-centered care to address your needs and those of your child, your other children, and other family members.’  Programs included in this family-centered approach are: Art and music therapy, Charna’s Kids’ Club, visit from therapy dogs, Family Advisory Council and emotional and psychosocial care.

Let’s hope that many more hospitals take this unique initiative and work through getting providing children a happier environment through painful and uncomfortable visits.

Source: Daily News

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