Haines® Medical Australia design and manufacture antimicrobial pattern curtains and we are keen to explore how our curtains could also meet the psychological needs of the health care community.

 

Our bright and fresh pattern curtain range is known for their clinical benefits, and we are now shining a light and exploring the therapeutic benefits to patients and staff.

A study on minimizing paediatric healthcare-induced anxiety and trauma states that current strategies for reducing anxiety and stress in children in hospital include: distraction; creating an inviting physical environment; child and parental preparation; and positive staff interactions. (1)

We are excited to explore how the Haines® MediCurtains can possibly be of further use to hospitals and caregivers in the following areas:

  • the use of the MediCurtains as a distraction and communication tool for patients and their caregivers;

 

  • a self-regulation support tool for children when accompanied by associated support and tools like mindfulness colouring, creative play, and sensory aids;

 

  • look into the emerging area of Arts in Health and any evidence that is being gathered on its impact of helping patients manage and recover from healthcare interventions; and

 

  • how Play-Based Therapy is regarded and used for helping children with adverse experiences in hospital-based interventions.

 

Haines® Aussie Animal MediCurtains

 

Our first initiative is with our cheerful Aussie Animal MediCurtains that have been designed for paediatric wards with ALL young people in mind.

The Aussie Animals pattern while bright, is not over-stimulating, and has a moderate use of red tones. This fun hide-and-seek image is a wonderful playful distraction tool for caregivers and the patients themselves.

A few ideas to extend the use of the Haines® Aussie Animal MediCurtains:

 

  • Download our 9 x Aussie Animal Family Activity Colouring Cards and share the coloured artworks! (Instructions for sharing the finished artworks are included)

 

Aussie Animals included: Sugar Glider, Koala, Kangaroo, Kookaburra, Platypus, Echidna, Wombat, Tasmanian Devil and Quoll.


 

If you would like to get involved and explore this further with Haines®, please contact Sally Day at sday@hainesmedical.com.au

 

1. Reference- Minimizing pediatric healthcare-induced anxiety and trauma. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4857227/


Submitted Artworks of Aussie Animals

Spike Echidna by Jayla
Pluto Platypus by Jayla
Kylie Kangaroo by Mia

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