Surgery can be terrible at any age – but a hospital works to reduce the patients' fears in a unique way. The Medical Center in Modesto, California, has two mini-cars, where the smallest patients can drive into operating theaters to calm their nerves.
The Medical Center for Doctors has two cars for its youngest surgical patients: a black Mercedes and a pink Volkswagen Beetle. The center bought the first car, but the second was donated by a co-worker and his family.
The center's staff hopes the cars will reduce children's stress, fears, and fears before they go to the operating room. "When the kids find out they can drive into the operating room with a cool little car, they light up and, in most cases, ease their fears." News on Saturday.
"Besides, when parents feel their children reassured, it calms them, too," said Martinez.
Martinez said she noticed a direct difference since they introduced the cars, saying that she hopes the benefits will have lasting effects. "It can be traumatic for a young patient to be removed from their parents while he is undergoing surgery," she said. "That really helps everyone involved."
According to Martinez, the cars are specially made for children aged 2 to 7 years. Both are equipped with a stereo system that offers various preloaded music and MP3 players as well as functioning headlights, taillights and dashboard lighting. They can be operated by the children themselves or by remote control. The cars are very safe – they have functioning doors, a safety belt and a horn.