POTSDAM - Nursing staff of the Medical/Surgical/Pediatric third floor unit at the main Canton-Potsdam Hospital facility in Potsdam led an effort to provide comforting distractions to children who are hospitalized. They organized a toy collection at the quarterly meeting of the hospitals leadership team, with a new donated toy being the ticket in to the meeting.
Then we purchased a cart as well as an unfinished toy treasure chest and Maggie Maroney volunteered to decorate it for us, said Debra Marques-Seaman, RN, director of Medical/Surgical/Pediatric third floor unit. Our staff offer children a familiar toy to help them deal with being in an unfamiliar situation. Being hospitalized can be hard for children and their families, and this effort makes it just that much more comforting.
The toys are refreshed periodically, and children are allowed to choose from an age-appropriate selection. Those children who are hospitalized in an isolation unit for infection prevention reasons can point to the toy on a cart that is wheeled to the door, also shown above.
Approximately 300 pediatric patients are hospitalized at CPH each year, or are temporarily cared for before being transferred to a tertiary hospital. For more information about inpatient care at CPH, interested individuals should visit www.cphospital.org.