Every child needs pediatric care from time to time. However, between the fear of stark, sterile hospital environments, the pain of being stuck with a needle, and being examined by a physician, children can often become skittish. One screaming child can easily put the rest on edge, resulting in a loss of productivity and morale.
This fear of medical treatment is ages old; and modern hospitals are using innovative techniques to minimize this. The Hague Hospital recently opened the Juliana Children’s Hospital. Using digital, animated characters to guide and accompany children throughout their hospital stay is one of the ways the hospital comforts young patients. These characters appear all over the hospital to help kids forget they are actually in a hospital. Even the elevators have animated scenes that appear on each floor. Five animated characters accompany children down hallways, on iPads, and into the operating rooms. In addition, there are play areas with play structures. By allowing children to forget their environment, care providers have an easier time ensuring quality medical treatment.
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