Many children suffer from anxiety and are not able to stay still during the procedure, making the process stressful and forcing images to be redone. Recently, the Medical University of South Carolina held a grand opening for its new after-hours pediatric center in Summerville, SC. It was an X-ray room themed like a campground for kids.
The staff at the new clinic is catered to pediatric after-hour care needs when their pediatrician’s office may be closed. A small clinic setting, as opposed to a large hospital, is often appealing to parents of frightened children. All equipment is sized specifically for children. The Cozy Camp Adventure Series gives children the chance to be scanned in a specialized sleeping bag an impressive camp setting. The Adventure X-ray room starts with a Bear Brook Adventure coloring book that’s given to child when an X-ray is needed. The coloring book explains in pictures the Adventure of getting an image. After the Adventure is over, the child gets a “you did it” badge.
“At the Medical University of South Carolina, we are truly trying an innovative approach in pediatric care and listen to our patient’s needs for an After Hours Care that is convenient and as stress free as possible,” Cawley said. “The Adventure Series X-Ray room is exactly what we were looking for. It is a way we can try to minimize what can be a very terrifying experience for children.”
GE Healthcare’s Doug Dietz, Design Architect and creator of the MR Adventure Discovery Series, says, “The Medical University Hospital’s installation of the Adventure Series is an important offering to reframe the radiology experience for children and their families. We are proud we can support their innovative approach to pediatrics, high quality patient care and imaging.”