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US hospitals adopt child-friendly tactics to minimize pain, trauma

from The Wall Street Journal

Jabbed with a sharp needle; confined in a noisy MRI machine; covered with an anesthesia mask before surgery. Hospital experiences are unpleasant enough for adults. For children, they can be especially stressful and frightening. Up to 80 percent of pediatric patients and their families report some traumatic stress after illness, injury, hospitalization or painful medical procedure, according to the National Child Traumatic Stress Network. Untreated traumatic stress can negatively affect treatment and recovery. more


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