Duncan Regional gives kids a 'Hands on' look at health
The operation was complete, apparently a success, but several minutes had passed and Sebastian Pfluger remained ready to head back into the O.R. Even a quarter hour later, he kept his surgical mask on.
Was it an emergency he feared? A Code Red? Was he concerned about some spread of infection?
Hardly. "It's just fun. I like it," Pfluger responded when asked why he had decided not to shed the mask.
In fact, lots of Pfluger's colleagues, other fourth-graders from Lawton's Carriage Hills Elementary, apparently felt the same way after they'd completed their rounds recently in a "surgical suite" in the Hands on Health Learning Center at Duncan Regional Hospital. As they set about exploring other stations in the center, many opted to retain the "post-op" look.
The center, a mammoth interactive lab with a dozen stations where kids get quality learning time, can get just about as busy as any major metro medical center. The boys and girls from Carriage Hills fanned out in every direction. As some, like Kimberly Hernandez, Katrina Rickhoff and Sophia Nunez, learned about how doctors can figure out what kinds of medicines people need and pharmacists then fill prescriptions, others, like Adam Huff, checked out how radiologists can help doctors to examine patients from the inside by taking X-rays or using other high-tech equipment.
Other students, like Ethan Williams, Timorah Lewis and Alex Brown, spent time running back and forth from one end of a long "surfboard" to the other, playing a game designed to encourage youngsters to gauge how their hearts tend to beat faster when they get winded. Brown said that was one of his favorite activities.