Pediatric cases of COVID-19 are increasing across the nation. Due to the contagious nature of the disease, for children receiving imaging during or with COVID-19, it can be a scary experience. That’s why increasing comfort during pediatric imaging is a priority for all imaging centers.
With relaxed pediatric patients—versus scared, nervous ones—physicians can get to the root of the problem sooner. Whether you’re looking to book a pediatric MRI, CT, or X-ray, that translates into more efficient exams, faster treatment, and improved patient experiences.
Comfortable testing is the secret to effective pediatric care and there are several other steps parents and centers can take to enhance the comfort quotient.
For starters, a cheerful setting establishes a positive mood and helps set the tone for a successful pediatric hospital stay. Calming colors, bright murals, playful images, and plush toys put children at ease. Experts that create hospital spaces say research shows kids prefer warm, inviting colors for corridors and rooms.
Music is the universal soother and can make a world of difference, too. Studies show that music can ease children’s anxiety during difficult procedures. A recent study published in Healio found that kids get through endoscopy procedures with less strife when music is played.
Communication helps alleviate fears, as well. Too often clinicians talk to parents and leave children in the dark. Whether it’s an MRI scan or chest CT, it’s important for physicians and technicians to include kids in friendly conversations, and make the exams and equipment interesting to help put patients at ease. Conquering fears begins with young patients understanding what procedures they will undergo.
Staff can be your greatest asset in keeping young patients happy and comfortable. Just like adult patients, children receiving medical imaging respond better to physicians, radiologists, and technicians who are friendly and reassuring. Because of COVID-19, it is less likely that children entering the MRI or CT machine will be accompanied by a parent or guardian, thus making the experience more intimidating.
Children who need imaging often have difficulty feeling comfortable and relaxed in intimidating medical settings; this is why, whenever possible, they are recommended to outpatient imaging centers rather than hospitals. Hospitals are the epicenter of COVID-19 care which could present risks as well as split attention. Imaging centers usually have a smaller number of staff and machines that also provide an increased focus on patients and patient success.
Happier children, healthier children
COVID-19 is just our latest reminder of how challenging medical imaging can be on the young. More than 7 million children receive medical imaging in the United States annually and with that number expected to increase 10 percent each year, providing a comfortable pediatric imaging experience is becoming increasingly important.
Upping the comfort quotient with everything from a cheerful space to well-thought-out technology can help ease patient anxiety and make clinicians’ jobs easier. A calm, secure child is easier to evaluate, diagnose and treat.
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