A dream job: Using digital technology to support healing

jj bouchard digital media mott children's hospitalYou’ve probably heard the warnings.

“Limit screen time for your children.”

“Focus on real experiences vs. screen experiences.”

There are good reasons for these guidelines.

But what about kids who spend long periods of time in hospital rooms, cut off from friends and peers? What about teens who crave even a small sense of normalcy – average teen activities, and even ways to interact with other teens from within the confines of their hospital room? Can “screens” actually be a lifeline in these situations?

That’s where J.J. Bouchard comes in.

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How to thank a nurse

how to thank a nurseFor many patients and their families, the care they receive from C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital and Von Voigtlander Women’s Hospital nurses is transformative. We hear time and time again how families’ experiences – with the individuals who are on the front lines right there alongside them, advocating for each child’s unique situation – have touched their lives.

What you may not know, however, is that these experiences are often equally as transformative for our nurses. Nurses feel the highs of a patient’s triumph and the devastating lows of hearing news you had hoped you would never hear.

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Helping your teen driver learn to Drive Smart

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Sixty percent of all vehicle crashes are caused by distracted teenage drivers. The stakes are high – but there are a number of things parents can do to prepare their children to learn to drive and help them learn safe driving habits.

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Auvi-Q® Recall for Food Allergy Patients

Important information for parents of kids with food allergies

auvi-q recallThis week, Sanofi US issued a voluntary nationwide recall of ALL Auvi-Q® epinephrine injectors.

These injectors, like other epinephrine injectors, are used to treat life-threatening allergic reactions (anaphylaxis).

Families of patients who currently use the Auvi-Q as their auto-injector should contact their physician immediately to arrange for a prescription to one of two alternate epinephrine auto-injectors (EpiPen or Adrenaclick). University of Michigan Food Allergy Clinic patients can contact us directly at 888-229-2409.

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Gaming for Good

Xbox 360 systems now available in patient rooms at C.S. Mott Children's Hospital

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When Anna Dai and Efrain Segarra signed up to take an entry-level computer engineering course at University of Michigan, they expected to learn about game software development.

What they did not expect was to find themselves taking gaming to a whole new level through a massive project at U-M C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital. Thanks to their efforts – along with the generosity of dozens of other individuals and groups – patients at Mott will now find their room equipped with an Xbox 360.

Out of the classroom, into the real world

Efrain Segarra was a freshman when he took Professor David Chesney’s course.

“Dr. Chesney calls it Gaming for the Greater Good,” says Segarra, referring to the course’s focus on developing software that can benefit children with disabilities.

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