A hospital in Modesto, California, in
the US is reducing little patients’ fears before going into surgery in a unique
To help ease their nerves, the Doctors
Medical Centre has two mini cars for its youngest patients to drive themselves to
the operating room, CBS News reports.
The hospital bought a miniature black
Mercedes-Benz while the other vehicle – a pink Volkswagen Beetle – was donated
by an employee and her family, according to People.
Staff at the hospital say they can
see the children’s stress and anxiety disappear when they get behind the wheel.
“These sweet rides
take our smallest patients to the operating room,” the hospital said in a
“The goal is to
reduce anxiety and stress and make the experience less scary for everyone
The idea came from a
pre-op nurse, Kimberly Martinez, who after conducting research discovered that
the cars have a lasting impact on young patients.
So far, the
innovative approach appears to be successful, msn.com reports.
Martinez, the cars are specifically for kids between the ages of two and seven.
“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,” the hospital said.
“In addition, when
parents see their children put at ease, it puts them at ease as well.”
The one-seater cars
are equipped with a radio and a collection of preloaded music on an MP3 player.
The cars also have doors that open and working headlights.
“It can be traumatising
for a young patient to be peeled away from their parents as they head into
surgery,” the hospital adds. “This truly helps everyone involved.”
Sources: CBS News, People, msn.com