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Child Life Specialists helping kids get ready for surgery

A little red Corvette and a license to drive – Making surgery a little less scary

Seven-year-old Abigail has a license to drive and a little red Corvette to get her from preop to the operating room. And who doesn't want a red corvette? The red Power Wheels Corvette is garaged in the Main Surgery area on the 2nd floor. A donation several years ago from anesthesiologists of Old Pueblo Anesthesia, the Corvette is driven by young patients from pre-op to the Operating Room when they are here for surgery. This jaunt in a toy car might seem like just a little bit of fun, but Child Life Specialist Amy Rothenberg explains this can help with a difficult transition. Prior to surgery the child has to leave their family to go to the OR. While your child maybe long over the separation anxiety of their toddler years, in stressful situations, like going for surgery, separation can prove difficult. Driving the car provides children with a sense of control, normality and play in a situation that might otherwise feel very out of their control. Of course, if you're … [Read More...]

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