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Kids get to drive into surgery at Peacehealth

The goal is to make surgery less stressful for children.

Posted: Feb 23, 2018 7:12 PM
Updated: Feb 26, 2018 11:52 AM

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. -- There's a new tool at Peachealth in Springfield to make it a little less scary for children headed into surgery.

Pediatric patients now have the option of driving battery powered mini cars into the operating room.

The goal is to help kids de-stress, which makes things easier for patients and hospital staff.

The director of pediatric surgery said it's important to keep the experience of surgery positive.

“It's so much better than the methods we have now in terms of making the kids feel more comfortable," Garret Zallen said. "They're not struggling while we're trying to get the kids ready and just being stressed by anything. Anybody can understand how that just doesn't make them feel good."

All of the cars were donated by the Oregon Community Credit Union. They'll be available for use in the next few days.

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