11-year-old Kylie Simonds is in the works to create a backpack that could replace IV poles for children in the hospital. This IV backpack would help take away the stigma of seeing “the dreaded IV pole” and help kids be kids a little more while in the hospital. This is such an amazing idea, you go, Kylie!
To check out her Go Fund Me page, click: http://www.gofundme.com/bz01ds
To learn more about her story, click: Source: http://www.couragebykylie.com/
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
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.”
‘Medical play’ helps young patients heal
Child life specialists are acknowledged by the American Academy of Pediatrics as being a vital part of care to children, to meet their emotional, psychological and social needs, said Gwen Senio, manager of child life programs at UI Children’s Hospital.
“We really recognize that kids have unique needs that need to be addressed during health care experiences,” she said. “Because so much of hospitalization can be a big unknown, this is helping to take that away, to help them understand the experiences.”
Full Story: http://thegazette.com/2013/04/13/medical-play-helps-young-patients-heal/
ALBANY, Ga. — A new program has been established at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital to make a child receiving care at the hospital less traumatic.
“My job is to make the hospital less fearful for children and parents,” she said. “I tell them what they will see, hear and smell.”
Full Story: http://www.albanyherald.com/news/2013/apr/13/phoebe-initiates-child-life-program/
Snapshot into Child Life Specialists Making a Difference in the Pediatric Emergency Room – Plus tips for parents
The Career Zoo (.com) did a great segment on child life!
”Andrea, Child Life Specialist at the Cleveland Clinic, tells us about what she does and how she found out about this rewarding career.”
“The Teenage Cancer Trust (TCT) is part of Ward 15. It’s called the Teenage Cancer Trust because the building, which was opened by Roger Daltrey of rock band The Who in 2010, was paid for by the charity of the same name.”