Healthcare Design: Technology Installation Provides Positive Distraction in Children's Mercy Burn Clinic
By Kristin Zeit
A severe burn injury is traumatic for anyone. But for a 4-year-old having to submit to weekly hospital visits for hands-on treatment of that burn, the aftermath can be particularly stressful.
When Children’s Mercy Kansas City in Kansas City, Mo., decided to relocate its burn clinic to accommodate a pediatric intensive care unit expansion at the hospital a couple of years ago, the clinic staff saw an opportunity to do something special to address this difficult reality. And the idea for an immersive, positive-distraction experience officially took flight.
“Our previous burn space was a good-sized space, and it had all the equipment and resources to provide excellent burn care,” says Daniel Marx, nurse manager for the Burn Specialty Team and Burn Clinic at Children’s Mercy. But the clinicians wanted to do more with the new space, located in a different part of the same campus. They approached the design team with a stack of research on the benefits of decreasing fear, anxiety, and perceived pain to the treatment process.
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