Hospitals use play and education to minimize stress among young patients

Some 3 million children in the U.S. are ill enough to require to advanced medical treatments in the hospital setting, and up to 80% of child patients and their parents report traumatic stress associated with illness and hospital procedures. Hospitals are instituting strategies for reducing pain and anxiety among these children and their families, including play, tours of hospital facilities and pain-free intravenous catheter placement tactics. "We want to make sure they are well- prepared, well-distracted and that their pain is controlled completely," said Cardon Children's Medical Center CEO Rhonda Anderson.

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