“This way we could have multiple items out at once and in use by different patients. So instead of having one large item on wheels or one full room, it made sense to have multiple items that we can bring together to change the environment or use in different rooms. It’s all about what the patient needs in the moment,” she says.
The products she chose for Roswell Park’s pediatric patients are a tabletop bubble tube; fiber optics; an LED projector and slides; weighted blankets; noise-reduction headphones; and a sound machine.
How It Works
Krahmer begins by assessing each patient’s needs and talking with parents or guardians about the positive effects the products could have for their child.
Each item helps by providing distraction; control; relaxation; deescalation; and/or normalization. If a child needs help relaxing for their treatment, for instance, Krahmer or another member of the psychosocial or medical staff might bring in a weighted blanket, whose pressure relaxes the body by making you feel like you’re getting a warm hug. Or if the patient is feeling anxious and needs distraction, they might try the LED projector and slides. Together they can talk about the pictures on the slides, and the child can create a story about them.