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SALT LAKE CITY — Primary Children's Medical Center opened its operating room to the public Saturday. Kids and their parents got an up-close experience of an area they don't usually see unless they're a patient.
"We do this because the O.R. is usually a pretty restricted and closed environment and not a lot of people get to see what we do behind closed doors," said one doctor.
Every two years, doctors nurses and staff at PCMC hold an open house so children, if they ever have to undergo some sort of medical procedure, have a better understanding of what's going to happen.
"There's a lot of big scary things and big scary people, and the more and more they get familiar with it, the easier I think it is for them," said volunteer Samantha Braun.
Nothing is off limits, really. Kids could try out stethoscopes, hop on gurneys, see what an endoscopy camera sees, learn about the spine and turn on equipment.
They even performed mock surgeries, wearing the gloves, scrubs and hairnets.
This open house program has been going on for more than ten years at primary, and as in past years it was very well attended.
For the parents it was also time well spent. This even helped them to better understand what might happen if they have to bring their children in for surgery.