Pirate-Themed CT Scanner For Kids
Located at the New York-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital, is this pirate/sailor themed CT Scanner to help put children to ease and make them feel like they’re sailing the high seas.
On average, New York-Presbyterian has about 200 inpatients per day, treating about 150 kids each day in the pediatric emergency room. And every day kids ranging from newborn to age 21 come in for CT scan for ailments from neonatal abnormalities to abdominal pain to head trauma. Dr. Carrie Ruzal-Shapiro, chief of Pediatric Radiology said, “Our more adult patients ages 17 to 21 ask for the pirate scanner, too.”
“Hurry up and get out so I can play,” says Registered Nurse Naomi Hawkins, when asked what’s the best response she’s received from a child seeing the pirate scanner for the first time.
In actuality, there are no toys or games or techs dressed up like pirates for the patients to play with; it’s a monkey painted on wall wearing a bandana, a tiger with an eye patch, and a device normally used to detect bone trauma, tumors, and hemorrhages dressed up like the helm of a ship.
“Kids who are sick know so many ways of distancing themselves from what is going on physically,” says Hawkins. “Much more than grown-ups do. I mean, we pay for yoga, it doesn’t work. We’re told if you can meditate you’re smarter — the children are the smartest.”
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