Little Lenny’s under the sea adventure
Dolphin rides, swimming with seals and playing in a room full of kittens. Doesn’t sound like your average trip to the emergency department, does it?
But that’s exactly what five-year-old Lenny (pictured above and on the front cover) got up to during his recent visit, after a little accident at home required two stitches to his chin.
Lenny was completely unaware of the treatment administered by the Paediatric Emergency Department (ED) staff as he was wearing a SmileyScope – a new virtual reality headset which transported him off on an underwater adventure.
“I asked him after if he knew he had to have four needles, and he had no idea,” mum Lauren said. “Not once did he cry, ask for me, or say he was scared... he was simply relaxed and enjoying what he was watching.
“Without the goggles on I think he would have been quite stressed and anxious, particularly seeing a needle come towards him, but instead he had a great experience”
This technology will be offered to young patients in a bid to calm and distract them during procedures such as stitches, blood collection, needles, inserting catheters and nasogastric tubes, or fitting plaster casts.
The headsets were purchased thanks to your generous donations, support from engineering company Babcock Australasia, and fundraising by Emergency Department staff. Thank you!
“It’s really wonderful to make what is often a traumatic experience for kids and their families that little bit easier. Instead of them crying or screaming they’re talking about being under the sea and swimming with octopuses, penguins and dolphins… they’re just blown away,” FMC Paediatric ED Nurse Unit Manager, Megan Eastaughffe, said.
Thank you for making hospital a better place for kids and their families!
Other stories from our Winter 2021 Newsletter
More patients with suspected head and neck cancer can now be examined without delay, using a new scope, thanks to you and a generous donation from the FMC Volunteer Service! Read More
A range of new equipment has arrived in the Flinders Neonatal Unit to help more than 1,400 sick and premature babies cared for each year, thanks to your generosity. Read More
But now, your support is funding a new research project seeking to understand the true impact of sleep disruption in hospital by focusing on one of the noisiest places – the Intensive Critical Care Unit (ICCU). Read More
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