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This may look like just your average run of the mill 1940’s slinky, and it is…kind of. A slinky can be used by Child Life to teach a school aged patient about a lumbar puncture by comparing the slinky to a spine. Pretty cool, huh? It can also be used for endless fun if put on an escalator!
Currently reading: Psychosocial Care of Children In Hospitals : a clinical practice manual from the ACCH child life research project
Wolfson Children’s Hospital recently launched a program aimed at reducing the number of pediatric patients undergoing sedation for magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) diagnostic scans.
The program, called “MR—I Am Ready!”, focuses on training and practice designed to familiarize children with the sights and sounds of the MRI scanner and prepares them to lie perfectly still for extended periods of time without sedation. Complete immobility during the procedure is critical for acquiring high-quality images used for diagnosis.
“MR-I Am Ready!” is a joint service of the Child Life and Radiology Departments at Wolfson Children’s Hospital, supported by pediatric anesthesiologists and other pediatric subspecialty physicians with Nemours Children’s Clinic, Jacksonville, and the University of Florida College of Medicine—Jacksonville, who serve on the hospital’s medical staff. It is offered free of charge.
Read More: http://www.prweb.com/releases/wolfsonchildrens/MR_I_Am_Ready/prweb10890105.htm
Paul and the Dragon
Paul is feeling sick and needs to go to the hospital. After several tests he is diagnosed with cancer. He does not understand what is happening to him, and what the medications are doing. He feels scared and alone. His doctor explains to him that the cancer is like a dragon in
his body that needs to be fought. As a true hero, young Paul fights the dragon, together with the medications and the love of his family, and wins.
This film is for children with cancer and their families. The film portrays the child with cancer as a hero who has to battle an evil dragon living inside of their body. In this
exciting humorous metaphor, children will also learn about problems and issues that can arise when a child has cancer. This visual representation of cancer is intended
to initiate conversation about what is happening, and help alleviate the fears the child may have.
Children’s cancer center leverages superheroes to help patients through chemotherapy
“The A.C.Camargo Cancer Center in São Paulo is recruiting superheroes in an attempt to help young patients better understand and cope with chemotherapy — a complex, daunting medical treatment irrespective of age. With the help of ad agency JWT, the medical facility is touting chemo to a “superformula” for kids that can help them overcome cancer. Rather than have kids stare at a cold, sterile chemotherapy bag, the Cancer Center has concealed the treatment inside colorful cases with logos from Batman, Superman, and other DC Comics heroes.”
"When one door of happiness closes, another opens, but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one that has been opened for us." - Helen Keller
This blog post on the Children’s Hospital and Clinics of Minnesota follows Child Life Specialist Mindy Teele though a busy night in the emergency room. There are also some videos showing preparation and distraction.