A new type of temporary skin helped make the procedure nearly painless for the toddler.
Healthcare establishments today, seem to be limited on the type of opportunities; they provide their pediatric patients coping with health-care experiences.
Community Regional Center sets the bar high in providing these opportunities, located in central California; the Community employee teams have realized nearly $26.2 million in annual savings over the last four years, allowing more resources for patient care.
Through focusing on increasing the patients’ overall experience; including access to a child life specialist during procedures, and utilizing new alternatives the hospital was able to provide top quality care both medically and emotionally.
After spending the night in the hospital, the 2½-year-old was wary about letting the masked nurses touch his bandaged burns.
But his tears quickly disappeared when Child Life Specialist Kimberly Kozub brought out a bottle of soap bubbles to aide in distraction and increase coping skills throughout the procedure.
Toddler Dontes Hines (pictured) alongside his burn care medical team, including child life specialist Kimberly Kozub, demonstrated just how painless the procedure can be during his first dressing change.
“He barely noticed as burn nurses deftly snipped his bandages and applied another layer of temporary skin”
Child life specialist, Kimbery Kozub, was able to connect with Dontes on a developmental level that the toddler was able to portray as favorable; thereby allowing Dontes to participate in an activity throughout the procedure that he identified with as playful and enjoyable.
Sandra Yovino, RN, director of the Leon S. Peters Burn Center, said the skin substitute “is especially beneficial for children.
We decrease pain because we don’t have to do as many dressing changes. The temporary skin covering just flakes off in 10 to 14 days and the skin heals under it. Before the move to use the new temporary skin, Dontes would've had to be sedated while the human skin graft was scraped and replaced.
“Our goal is to significantly reduce post-traumatic stress for our pediatric patients,” she said.
Toddlers who are hospitalized may experience loss of routine and protest through uncooperativeness, and resistance towards any immobility or restriction.
We all know how much toddlers love to take off layers and remove things that are new or foreign to them.
Imagine the verbal and physical protest from a toddler who awakens from a procedure with drug induced fogginess, forced to stay in bed and they are unable to touch their arm which is newly bandaged.
Then imagine the experience Community Regional was able to provide to both the child and the family- that is the difference of patient focused care.
Sarah Morrison is the Founder and Child Life Specialist for Giggling Goat Child Life Specialties in Northern Colorado; which offers child life consultations for healthcare establishments looking to increase patient satisfaction, as well as providing child life services to children during medical or traumatic procedures.
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