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Vroom, vroom! Watch Smiling Pediatric Patients Drive Themselves to Surgery at California Hospital

Nurse Kimberly Martinez hated seeing the anxiety and fear that plagued her littlest patients before surgery, so she decided to add a little fun to the pre-op process.

Now, pediatric patients at Doctors Medical Center in Modesto, California, can drive themselves to their surgery in a toy car—and leave their pre-op jitters in the dust!

“When the children find out they can go into the operating room riding in a cool little car, they light up and in most cases, their fears melt away,” Martinez told CBS News. It can be traumatizing for a young patient to be peeled away from their parents as they head into surgery … This truly helps everyone involved.”

VW Beetle for Pediatric Surgical Patients

With a little passenger in tow, Caroline takes our new pink Beetle for a spin! Doctors Medical Center now has two little cars available for our young surgical patients to ride into the operating room. We can see the stress and anxiety melt away when they hop in the car ❤

Posted by Doctors Medical Center on Saturday, March 23, 2019

The kids can choose between two cars: a chic black Mercedes, purchased by the hospital, or a trendy pink Volkswagen Beetle, donated by an employee. Then they either take the wheel themselves or a nurse will control the trip with a remote.

Courtesy of Doctors Medical Center in Modesto, California
Courtesy of Doctors Medical Center in Modesto, California

The cars, both one-seaters made for drivers between 2 and 7 years old, are fully equipped with stereos that play preloaded music, seatbelts, a horn and headlights. When it comes to creative ways to put patients at ease, nurses have the best ideas!

Last updated on 10/1/19.

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