A little Sunshine goes a long way

A children's hospital is making its operating theaters child-friendly.

A local children’s hospital is making its operating theaters child-friendly after decorating the area like an amusement park and allowing parents in.

Shanghai Children’s Medical Center said they are trying to relieve children’s stress and fear before surgery and make “a hospital without crying.”

The Sunshine Room is a place where children can play and parents can be with them for anesthesia before the surgery.

With toys and music, children won’t feel they are going to receive an operation. Parents can tell a story to the child when nurses are giving anesthesia.

Dr Zheng Jijian, director of the hospital’s anesthesia department, said separation anxiety is always a major headache of surgery rooms in pediatric hospitals. The Sunshine Room can greatly reduce anxiety and have positive effects on the outcomes of surgery.

Ji Qingying, a hospital official, said this was just the beginning. New facilities, including a small museum to reduce children’s fear of medical equipment will open next year.

A little Sunshine goes a long way
Shanghai Children's Medical Center / Ti Gong

The Sunshine Room

A little Sunshine goes a long way
Shanghai Children's Medical Center / Ti Gong

A nurse plays with two children before surgery in Sunshine Room.

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