Doctors Medical Center in Modesto, California, has come up with an innovative way to ease young patients who are anxious before surgery: giving them miniature cars to drive to the operating room!
“These sweet rides take our smallest patients to the operating room,” the hospital says in a statement to PEOPLE. “The goal is to reduce anxiety and stress, and make the experience less scary for everyone involved”.
The idea was thought of by pre-op nurse Kimberly Martinez, who did research and found the cars have a lasting impact on young patients. So far, the unique approach has been a success, the hospital explains.
These moments of happiness before something as serious as surgery can be invaluable.