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Child Life Specialists – Playing to Heal


In the design of our pediatric unit we used patient feedback to create a comfortable and functional environment for children to receive care and to heal. Children’s artwork lines the halls; there are comfortable nooks for reading, areas to play outside, a playroom and even a huge indoor tree to gather underneath. The area is beautiful, but there is at…

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Helping parents help their kids – During a procedure


Medical procedures can be stressful, not just for your child, but for you as well. How your child reacts will depend on a host of factors including their developmental level, level of anxiety, response to stress and past experiences. It would be impossible to eliminate all of the stressful, painful or scary parts of a medical experience, but we can help…

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5 Tips for preparing for surgery from Dr. Atlas


When your child needs surgery, it’s nerve wracking. You want the best for them, but what should you look for in a hospital and anesthesiologist? Dr. Matthew Atlas, a pediatric anesthesiologist, at Old Pueblo Anesthesia, shared these suggestions: 1. Go to a hospital or surgery center that has lots of experience taking care of children. Hospitals and surgery centers that specialize in children…

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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 pre-op 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…

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Surgery when your child has autism- 5 tips from a mom


The prospect of your child going into surgery is daunting for all of us, but what if your child struggles to integrate stimuli from the surrounding world? What if the simple and act of a new nurse coming in and putting a new notification bracelet on your child’s wrist without warning is enough to send your child under the table for…

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Hypospadias – A Common Birth Defect


“It’s not in What to Expect When You’re Expecting. It’s not in any baby books…I’d never heard of it,” explains Heather. Heather and her husband Dan’s introduction to the congenital birth defect, hypospadias, happened at the birth of their first-born child, Michael. “Dr. Dean identified that Michael had hypospadias in that initial inspection when he was born,” Dan explains. What is hypospadias? Hypospadias is a congenital birth defect…

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What is in Melinda's Backpack?


“Dora and her backpack” is how the Child Life Specialists are lovingly referred to by some of the Ambulatory Surgery staff. And what a treasure trove of wonders that backpack and the Child Life Specialists are. Like a magician’s hat, the backpack seems almost bottomless. Melinda Rowe, Child Life Specialist, took time to share just what is in the backpack…

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Taking the Scary out of Surgery

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For a 3-year-old child, or even a 15-year-old child, surgery can be scary. The child is in an unfamiliar environment, surrounded by bright lights, people dressed in funny garb, and some impressive looking machinery which beeps and whirs. And that is before being subjected to the needles, masks and the general invasive poking and prodding that is necessitated by surgery.…

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WARNING: Not telling your child about an upcoming surgery can hurt

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In our recent post Teddy Bear Clinic-Demystifying Hospital we shared a few tips about how to approach an upcoming hospital visit, but when to tell your child? Can it be too soon, too late? Caitlin Jackson, Child Life Specialist, specializes in supporting families as they prepare for and recover from surgery. She provides the following information from TMC for Children’s…

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