In celebration of TV Turn Off Week, MDI Hospital invites all children and parents to a special behind-the-scenes tour on Thursday, April 26th from 4:30pm to 6:00 pm. Children are encouraged to bring along a favorite stuffed animal “patient.”
The tour will begin at the Hospital’s main entrance where children and their “patient” will receive a name badge and personalized wristband. After registering, guests will visit the Infection Control Department where staff will explain the importance of hand washing and good hygiene, especially in a hospital environment. Each child will receive a pair of gloves to wear throughout the visit.
Next, children, their parents and “patients” can choose to visit any or all of several participating departments. Hospital volunteers will act as guides, leading guests to the department of their choice, where personnel will provide an entertaining, educational presentation.
At the Emergency Department, a nurse will demonstrate what happens to patients when they need emergency care, from having their blood pressure taken to their hearts and lungs listened to.
In the Physical and Occupational Therapy department, visitors will see the various pieces of equipment that are used to help patients recuperate and get stronger after injury or illness.
A Medical Imaging department staff member will explain how technology such as x-rays and ultrasound can help doctors see inside the body. Guests can test their identification skills by playing a “Guess the Animal” game using x-rays of various species.
A Laboratory staff member will explain how the lab helps diagnose illnesses, and will demonstrate some of the fascinating science involved in their work. Guests will have a hands-on opportunity to look at cells under a microscope.
Guests will don surgical caps, boots and masks to visit Surgical Services. Staff will display various surgical tools, including an endoscope—a tiny camera that doctors use to look inside a patient’s body.
The tour will end with a healthy snack and a presentation by MDI Hospital Wellness Programs about the importance of a balanced diet and exercise.