CONTEST: Let’s create the most child-friendly magnetic resonance imaging lab

Siemens Healthineers and the KIDS Foundation announced the “Design Focus” competition, through which the projects of the most pediatric magnetic resonance imaging laboratories will be created. The three final proposals will not only be rewarded, but will also be used to decorate the newly created MR children’s studios.

Magnetic resonance imaging is one of the main diagnostic methods allowing the early detection of many diseases and monitoring the progress of treatment. Although completely painless and non-invasive, it can be stressful for young patients. That’s why Siemens Healthineers and the KIDS Foundation announced “Design Focus. Most Child-Friendly Magnetic Resonance Imaging Lab Competition,” the goal of which is to create child-friendly MR studio models.

The MRI is quite long and requires the patient to remain motionless, sometimes in apnea. Scanning takes place in an enclosed space and the MR device itself makes some rather disturbing sounds. Added to this is a natural fear of what will be diagnosed based on the test. All of this is a source of fear for young patients and their caregivers. Therefore, everything should be done to distract patients from the study itself and ensure their well-being. One way is to create a space that engages children and is child friendly – said Piotr Kuskowski, Marketing and Strategy Director, Siemens Healthineers.

The contest is open to any adult who submits a complete magnetic resonance imaging room decor design prepared in any technique by August 21. Then, the jury composed, among others, will select the 3 best works of representatives of the medical and artistic circles and children to be used by Siemens Healthineers in future RM pediatric laboratories. The authors of the three best works will receive 10,000 PLN. The competition starts on June 1, 2022. The authors of the final works will be announced on September 10, 2022.

The project carried out in cooperation with Siemens Healthineers will help young patients to undergo MRI in a friendly way, and the visit to the laboratory will be remembered as a positive experience – said Dagmara Witek-Kuśmider, Vice President of Communications for the KIDS Foundation of the Children’s Hospital Innovators Club, co-organizer of the competition. For many years, the Foundation has worked to improve the comfort of patients, their parents, doctors and nurses, making children’s hospitals more positive and modern places. Our mission is to make the hospital a child-friendly place, and each examination, or the hospital stay itself, has left no bad memories. We have always put hospitalized patients at the center of attention and we believe that with this project we can change their experiences. Above all, we hope that we will also help to popularize this form of research, which as we know is one of the most accurate and useful research in the process of diagnosis and treatment. We are happy to still be able to fulfill our mission and we give the opportunity to implement other projects that will bring real change. – he adds.

Need for initiative

In the public debate on the quality of health care, we devote a lot of space to access to cutting-edge medical technologies and the importance of prevention. We are less likely to address the topic of patient experience across the continuum of care. And that’s a mistake, because, as research shows, children deprived of fear (but not only) recover faster. The quality of space in healthcare buildings has a proven impact on the mental well-being of patients and staff, and a well-designed space can support the recovery process. Well-chosen elements, such as colors, or the amount and type of light, have a significant impact on patient comfort by reducing stress and even reducing pain. – said Dr. Ewa Domaradzka from the Institute of Psychology of the Polish Academy of Sciences.

At the same time, she points out that this is of particular importance in the case of children for whom the stay in hospital and the procedures and treatments used there are often associated with great anxiety. Space in hospital rooms can be designed to evoke positive associations, increase feelings of safety and elicit positive emotions. Such an environment not only affects the general well-being of the child, but can also reduce the need for repeat examinations, which can result in a shorter hospital stay and better treatment results. – he adds.

More information on the competition as well as the rules are available on the website www.skierowanienaprojektowanie.pl.

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