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New Virtual Tour Helps Children to Prepare for Surgery

-Englewood Hospital and Medical Center Now Offers Online Preparation Tool to Families-

(Englewood, NJ, February 12, 2013) – Parents of children facing surgery now have access to a new online tool designed to help alleviate their child’s stress and anxiety in the days leading up to a surgical procedure. The Child Life Specialists of Englewood Hospital and Medical Center recently developed and launched a Pediatric Pre-Surgical Virtual Tour in an effort to make the medical experience less overwhelming for the hospital’s youngest patients.

The Medical Center’s online tour provides a visual and narrative presentation that aims to help children understand what will happen when they visit the hospital. It is offered as an alternative to families who are unable to attend in-person, pre-surgical tours. Realistic photos and explanations in age-appropriate language allow children to familiarize themselves with the hospital environment and learn about the sequence of events on the day of surgery.

“We designed the Virtual Tour to give children and families a better understanding of what to expect from the moment they enter the hospital to the moment they are discharged,” explained Michelle Brauntuch, MS CCLS, Certified Child Life Specialist at Englewood Hospital. “We know the unfamiliar surroundings and equipment may initially cause feelings of fear and anxiety. The goal of this new tool is to prepare them for what they will see and feel and clarify any misconceptions children may have about the upcoming experience.”

The Virtual Tour will also help families plan effective coping strategies for a child’s hospital stay, whether it is a few hours or several days.

“We hope this will ease the concerns of worried parents, who naturally want make the experience more manageable for their child,” explained Brauntuch. “Our priority is to prepare patients and families and provide support throughout the entire process.”

If your child is scheduled to have surgery at Englewood Hospital and Medical Center, call 201-894-3635 to schedule an in-person, pre-surgical tour or visit www.englewoodhospital.com to take the Virtual Tour.


 
About Englewood Hospital and Medical Center
 
Englewood Hospital and Medical Center provides the highest level of compassionate, patient care and safety through a broad range of advanced clinical programs, treatments and diagnostic services. It is renowned for its bloodless medicine and surgery program, cardiac and vascular programs and its leadership in breast care, oncology and joint replacement services. Through its affiliation with the Mount Sinai School of Medicine and the Mount Sinai Consortium for Graduate Medical Education, this acute-care and community teaching hospital trains medical residents in many disciplines, including internal medicine, critical care medicine, surgery, pediatrics, podiatry, and pathology.   Additionally, many members of Englewood Hospital’s medical staff serve as faculty at Mount Sinai. Englewood Hospital has earned numerous accreditations from the Joint Commission and other organizations and is among the four percent of hospitals nationwide honored with the prestigious Magnet nursing award, a distinction that has been earned three times by its nursing staff.