Archive November 2018 XIX, No. 11

Ideas That Work: Fun Ride to the OR

Climb Aboard the Worm Wagon

Geisinger Gray's Woods Endoscopy/Surgical Center
RIDING IN STYLE Pediatric patients at Geisinger Gray's Woods Endoscopy/Surgical Center ride to the OR in this bright red and yellow worm wagon.

We’ve got our worm wagon and the kids love it. To relieve anxiety and give our pediatric patients something exciting to look forward to, we purchased a bright red and yellow wagon in the shape of a worm to transport kids ages 3 to 6 from the pre-op holding area to the OR.

It’s a cute, friendly looking worm, which we bought from a company that makes wagons for healthcare facilities. It’s roomy, equipped with a seatbelt and there’s an area where we can attach an IV pole if we need to. The kids are still awake, they’re sitting up, they have one of their favorite stuffed animals or toys with them and they’re excited and more relaxed when they leave mom and dad for the 500-foot ride to the OR.

Stefani Harchak, RN
Geisinger Gray’s Woods Endoscopy/Surgical Center
Port Matilda, Pa.

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