We all remember that as children, hospital was one of the most scariest place to go. It was associated with pain and suffering. Now as we grown up and some of us have children or plan to have children 😉 we might wonder how we can make things interesting for children specially in case they need special treatment.
New York-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital had to replace their CT scanner, the machine that takes internal scans and can be used to detect any type of internal injury that would not show up on a normal x-ray, they wanted to make something that was a little more welcoming. That is, having a CT scan can be a scary proposition for anyone, especially children.
Rather than replace the scanner with the plain white, sterile contraption that can be found at most hospitals, they decided to jazz things up. The new machine, which is specifically designed to deliver the lowest dose of radiation possible to the patient, is also designed to look like a pirate ship!
The CT scanner is decorated like the ship’s helm while playful animal pirates (notably, not “scary pirates” according to Dr. Carrie Ruzal-Shapiro, chief of Pediatric Radiology) swing from ropes around the room.
The result of this CT scanner, which was designed by GE in conjunction with doctors from the hospital, is an experience for kids, up to the age of 21 that is a little more comforting and a lot less scary.
How cool is that 😀 Hope we see similar practice for adult patients too for making healing environment more comfortable and enjoyable. Do your your ideas too.