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Pat A. Frasca

Senior Child Life Specialist - Diagnostic Imaging and Neurosurgery

Children's Hospital Oakland

Direct Phone: (510) ***-**** ext. ****       

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Children's Hospital Oakland

747 52Nd Street

Oakland, California 94609

United States

Company Description

We're the first sports medicine program in Northern California to work exclusively with young athletes. Our objective is to, first and foremost, facilitate a child's quick and safe return to the enjoyment of sports through ongoing education and training. ... more

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Employment History

Child Life Specialist

George Mark

Child Life Specialist - Pediatric Inpatient and Hem and Onc Outpatient

Kaiser Permanente



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Child Life Specialist, Pat Frasca, wrote an article that was featured in this magazine about benefits of child life preparation in diagnostic imaging.

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Pat Frasca in the Diagnostic Imaging department.

Pat Frasca with the Diagnostic Imaging's scale model MRI machine.
Diagnostic Imaging's new Child Life specialist uses preparation to reduce the need for sedation during MRIs and CT scans
Child Life preparation for procedures, a long-time Surgery department mainstay at Children's Hospital, is now part of our Diagnostic Imaging department as well after in-house research confirmed it reduces the need for sedation.In the May/June 2006 study, all 30 patients tested got through Diagnostic Imaging procedures without sedation.
Children's Child Life specialist, Pat Frasca, has set up shop in Diagnostic Imaging 40 hours a week, preparing 6- to 13-year-olds for MRIs and 4- to 8-year-olds for CT scans."My goal is to minimize each child's stress and anxiety; that's why I choose developmentally appropriate ways to prepare each patient."
Pat helps children express their concerns and offers them techniques to manage anxiety during the procedure.For MRIs and CT scans some kids like listening to music or stories, and others prefer daydreaming.For IV starts, Pat teaches children and their caregivers distraction and relaxation techniques.
With many, Pat works on breathing."What do we usually do when we are worried or anxious?"asked Pat."We hold our breath.But breathing is the most powerful way to manage fear."
Helping kids experience mastery over medical procedures is her goal, said Pat.Preparation and medical play help them and their parents cope with the overall healthcare experience.Parents with little medical background can learn language and techniques to use at home.
One of Pat's most useful tools is the scale model MRI built by volunteer Jensen Young.
Nigel has observed that Diagnostic Imaging staffers working with Pat are picking up her Child Life techniques for easing the patient and family experience.
Pat said that when time permits, she also provides preparation and support for other procedures.

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Pat Frasca, Certified Child Life Specialist since 1995, most recently with the George Mark Children's House (GMCH).Prior to joining the GMCH staff in June 2004, she worked at a busy hospital pediatric unit and outpatient clinic for 10 years.

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Pat Frasca, Child Life Specialist

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Pat Frasca, MA, Child Life Specialist

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