Blog spotlight: In the hospital, we're all just big babies

Patient Safety Monitor Insider

March 14, 2012

A new column in the New York Times today dives into the idea of using common practices and techniques usually reserved for children and applying them in the adult arena.

For example, physicians may be less likely to order too many tests for children because they know that drawing blood or getting scanned may be scary, painful, and confusing to a child; but these are not considered for the adult, though the same might be true.

Children generally have overnight company, and wake up to someone familiar after surgery. With adults, this is not always the case, yet the benefits children receive from these practices (comfort, reduced stress) might be the same for adults.

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