January 24, 2011
Few imaging centers are set up specifically for pediatrics or have the capability of pediatric sedation, said Kathy Northrop, RN, BSN, Pediatric Services director at John C. Lincoln Deer Valley Hospital. However, at Mendy's Place, the 24/7 pediatric emergency care center at Deer Valley Hospital, children and teenagers receive extra attention and support to ease the experience of an X-ray, MRI, CT or other imaging procedure.
"Children need that extra attention, the extra caring," Northrop said. "Any procedure can be scary and out of the norm for them. They don't understand why they are being put through things. It's sort of like your first day of school. It's always good to hear from the teacher — the nurse — that everything will be OK."
Child Life Video Series
Watch this series of child-friendly videos that explain different procedures, including CT and X-ray.
Child Life Videos
"Most school-age children that you prep beforehand do not need sedation, which is better for the child," said Danielle Manrique, CCLS, BAA, child life specialist at John C. Lincoln Deer Valley Hospital.
Pediatric sedation or pediatric anesthesia is available with prescription for patients if necessary, but a child life specialist can help your child understand and practice for the procedure. That means young children may not need sedation at all. Sedation is used when the child cannot hold still, which is important so the technologist can get a clear shot in one take.
For Tiffany Strickland and her son Thomas, 7, the child life specialist support made all the difference. Thomas had a CT scan with contrast, so he also had an IV. Manrique explained the odd sensation the contrast solution would make when it entered his system through the IV.
"I'm pregnant, and I wasn't able to be with him for that procedure," Strickland said. "Danielle prepared him and stayed with him, and it was an absolute lifesaver for me. Everyone at John C. Lincoln was outstanding. We love you guys!"
From 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the first and third Wednesday of each month, additional openings have been made available to provide radiology services for outside pediatric patients with prescriptions. Appointments are made through central scheduling at 602-943-4269. Upon request, pediatric support can be made available on other days for imaging.
Pediatric Imaging Services at John C. Lincoln Deer Valley Hospital:
- Nuclear Medicine.
Prescriptions are needed. Make an appointment through central scheduling at 602-943-4269.
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