‘Ouchless E.R.s’ Make Hospitals More Kid-Friendly


UPDATED: Friday April 12, 2013 5:11 PM

The emergency room can be a scary place for children, but now kid-friendly facilities are popping up around the country.

They are called “ouchless E.R.’s.”

A child life specialist assists the doctor to help keep kids distracted while they are examined. Doctors are also use nasal sprays to deliver medications instead of shots and surgical glue instead of stitches when possible.

"A lot of times the pain they receive can be alleviated through distraction or getting their mind onto something else or having them be involved in an activity,” said UCLA child life specialist Katie Kolbeck

Another way hospital staff keeps the tears to a minimum is by using ultrasounds to find veins. That way if an IV is needed, they only have to insert a needle once.

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