Smart Woman: New "Ouchless" ER's

Published 04/12 2013 08:13PM

Updated 04/12 2013 08:18PM

    Any parent knows the emergency room can be a scary place for children, but now kid-friendly facilities are popping up around the country.

    Getting a child to cooperate in an emergency can be difficult. So, Dr. Lisa Dabby designed what UCLA Medical Center calls an "ouch-less ER" for kids.

    "It's much easier to take care of kids when they are not screaming or thrashing around," says Sr. Dabby.

    Another specialist tells us that a lot of times the pain they receive can be alleviated through distraction or getting their mind on something else or having them be involved in an activity.

    Children also tend to have more fat in their arms, so putting in an IV can be tough. Nurses at UCLA Medical Center use an ultrasound to make sure they get the vein the first time. Once you poke them once they get upset, and if you could nail it the first time everybody is happy.

    Doctors also use nasal sprays to deliver medications instead of shots and surgical glue instead of stitches when possible.

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