OUCHLESS ER | Sept 2017
Photo: Lucy Beck
Just inside the ER is Room 8, a dedicated space for pediatric emergency treatment.
Local artist Lucy Beck transformed the room with a mural featuring rural animals and wildlife. It's a bit like walking into a giant coloring book - and what child wouldn't love that? While they're visiting the ER, children can also access everything from stuffed animals to tablets loaded with kid-friendly apps and videos.
"Emergency care is a 'scary unknown' for children," says KVH Emergency Department Director Dede Utley, whose staff have the clinical training and specialized equipment for an "ouchless" patient experience. "We want to make it as pleasant as possible."