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CHUS Fleu­ri­mont pe­di­atric pa­tients to drive elec­tric mini-cars to surgery

Sherbrooke Record - - FRONT PAGE - By Em­i­lie Hack­ett Spe­cial to the Record

The CHUS Fleu­ri­mont’s pe­di­atric unit launched a new ini­tia­tive al­low­ing young pa­tients be­tween the ages of 4 and 9 to drive into the op­er­a­tion room in mini elec­tric repli­cas of an Audi R8 and a Volk­swa­gen Beetle.

“Driv­ing the mini cars helps re­duce the pa­tients’ anx­i­ety as­so­ci­ated with their hos­pi­tal ex­pe­ri­ence, and ren­ders it more pos­i­tive,” ex­plained Hélène Ro­drigue, head of the pe­di­atric unit. “What has been ob­served else­where in Europe or in Amer­ica is that it

ef­fec­tively re­duces stress, which can even al­low the re­duc­tion of drug doses used to re­lax the chil­dren be­fore surgery. They are also calmer upon wak­ing.”

The cars were of­fered to the pe­di­atric unit by Jan­ick Dal­laire, pres­i­dent of Volk­swa­gen de l’es­trie, through a spon­sor­ship made pos­si­ble by the Fon­da­tion des Étoiles’s En­can des vins fundraiser. Ev­ery year, the Fon­da­tion des Étoiles raises money “that goes di­rectly to the Cen­tre de recherche du CHUS” for the pe­di­atric unit (CRCHUS), spec­i­fied chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Josée Saint-pierre. Dr. Chris­tiane Au­ray-blais, bio­chemist, re­searcher, and pro­fes­sor at the CRCHUS, im­me­di­ately con­tacted the clin­i­cal team which ex­pressed great en­thu­si­asm for the project. Au­ray Blais hopes that even­tu­ally “other deal­er­ships will part­ner with our project, so more lit­tle ones can en­joy rid­ing these cars into surgery.”

Lu­cian Bourassa-boisvert, 4 years old, was thrilled to ride in the mini Beetle on Thurs­day af­ter­noon. “He loves it,” said the boy’s mother, Na­dia Bourassa. “He is so re­laxed and re­ally en­joys us­ing the mini-car.” The ini­tia­tive is just one of many that serve to en­sure that pe­di­atric pa­tients like Lu­cian have “the most pos­i­tive hos­pi­tal ex­pe­ri­ence pos­si­ble,” said Ro­drigue. “These cars help di­min­ish the chil­dren’s and their par­ents’ stress. It is a great op­por­tu­nity for ev­ery­one.”

Ul­ti­mately, Ro­drigue and Au­ray-blais hope to ex­pand the project be­yond the Chus-fleu­ri­mont pe­di­atric unit. They plan on even­tu­ally of­fer­ing the pro­gram to young chil­dren at the Chus-fleu­ri­mont and Hô­tel-dieu who come in for a day surgery.

In 2017 and 2018 alone 1,843 chil­dren had surgery at the Chus-fleu­ri­mont and Hô­tel-dieu.

EM­I­LIE HACK­ETT

4-year-old Lu­cian Bourassa-boisvert, a pa­tient at the CHUS Fleu­ri­mont pe­di­atric unit, can­not get enough of the elec­tric mini-beetle.

“Driv­ing the mini cars helps re­duce the pa­tients’ anx­i­ety as­so­ci­ated with their hos­pi­tal ex­pe­ri­ence, and ren­ders it more pos­i­tive,” ex­plained Hélène Ro­drigue, head of the pe­di­atric unit.

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