Surgery can be terrible at any age – but one hospital is working to reduce the fears of patients in a unique way. Doctors Medical Center in Modesto, California, has two mini-cars for its small patients to go to the operating rooms to help calm down their nerves.
The Doctor's Medical Center has two cars for its youngest surgical patients: the Black Mercedes and the pink Volkswagen Beetle. The center bought the first car, but the second one was donated by the employee and her family.
Center employees are hoping that cars will reduce the stress, anxiety and fear of children before they enter the operating room. "When children find out that they can go to the operating room while driving in a cool little car, they are lighted and in most cases their fears are melting," said Kimberly Martinez, who had come up with the idea, a nursing student at a previous interview. News on Saturday.
"Besides, when parents see their children treated with ease, it also makes them easier," said Martinez.
Martinez said she notices the immediate difference since they entered the cars, and said she hoped the benefits had a lasting impact. "This can be a traumatic event for a young patient to be separated from their parents, as they preside in surgery," she said. "It really helps all participants."
According to Martinez, cars are specially made for children aged 2-7 years. Both are equipped with a stereo system that has a variety of pre-loaded music and an MP3 player, as well as active lights, rear lights and dashboard illumination. They can be controlled by the children themselves or by remote control. The cars are very safe – they have working doors, a safety belt and a horn.