Adena hospital using remote-controlled cars to “drive” kids to surgery

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CHILLICOTHE, OH (WCMH) — Adena Regional Medical Center is now offering kids rides in remote control cars on their way to surgery.  

The Adena Regional Medical Center announced, Tuesday, that two new bright-red remote-controlled cars will be used to east children’s fears and anxieties before surgery.  

The cars can be operated by both the young driver as well as by a hand held remote. 

The idea to bring this concept to Adena came from Anesthesia Manager Deb Park. Park had seen a video on YouTube, where this was being done at a hospital in Oklahoma, to make the hospital less intimidating to children. Similar programs are also being done at hospitals in Buffalo and San Diego. 

“I saw the video and thought ‘we could do this’,” Park explained. “We had a staff meeting and everyone was onboard with the idea. The Anesthesia Department even donated the money to purchase the cars. I got to see the first case go back using them and I had tears in my eyes. The young girl was so excited. I’ve even seen some kids jump right out of their bed and get in the car.” 

“The red car has been a wonderful addition for our pediatric patients,” said Dr. Eileen Martinez, who performed Katelin’s surgery. “It makes them excited to come back to the operating room when they generally have separation fear and anxiety coming back. I’m thankful for the purchase, and always enjoy watching the kiddos enter riding in style!” 

The cars are used to take kids to procedures such as tonsillectomies, adenoidectomies, the insertion of ear tubes and dental cases. 

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