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.”
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.
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.