When a child
is sick or injured, there is nothing worse than the fear associated with a trip to the Emergency Room. Hospitals can be a scary place for young children in their time of trauma and that is why Winthrop-University Hospital's new Pediatric Emergency Unit was specially designed with the pediatric patient's unique emotional and medical needs in mind.
The new, 4,500 square foot, 10-bed unit is equipped with the latest technology and supported by high-technology CT scans and radiology for the optimal treatment of
children. In addition, the new unit is staffed by Pediatric specialists, Board Certified in pediatric critical care and pediatric emergency medicine as well as a dedicated
pediatric nursing and support staff on hand 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Child Life Specialists are also available to lend emotional support to children and their parents, helping them to understand what is going on around them through medical play - explaining medical terms and procedures in a way children can understand.
The new facility is bright and cheerful, awash in soft blues and yellows, creating
a child-friendly and comfortable environment. Each bed is equipped with a television set and the Child Life staff provides fun activities including books, games and electronics to make hospitalization a less daunting experience. The new unit also addresses the anxieties of the
parents, providing family members with a place to stay with their child if necessary. Isolation rooms are also
available within the unit.
One of the notable features of the new unit is its
separate entrance and waiting area, keeping children from exposure to adult patients in the Emergency Department. In addition, a shortened wait time helps allay the fear and discomfort children often experience during a trauma.
For more information on Winthrop's Pediatric Emergency Unit, call 877-559-KIDS.