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Since 2002, Hadassah has pioneered medical clowning in Israel. Hadassah's clowns channel the healing power of humour, bringing laughter to sick children, easing their fear, relaxing them and transforming their hospital experience.
They remind young patients that they are more than just their illness and give sick children a sense of control. Their time is totally funded by your individual donations.
A child cries and refuses an injection, another cannot be calmed before their operation, a third will not eat or raise their arm for their physiotherapy treatment. Medical Clowns achieve results at times when doctors and nurses cannot.
New research shows that Medical Clowns not only assist with patients but contribute to a reduction in the level of stress within the hospital setting. They have been proven to increase efficiency levels because they allow staff to manage procedures quickly and smoothly.
Laughter, like exercise, can reduce stress, improve tolerance to pain, and alter bodily functions such as blood pressure, heart rate, muscle activity, and stomach acidity. It triggers the release of endorphins and serotonin that create feelings of happiness.
Hadassah is now extending the use of the Medical Clowns into other areas, e.g. as an integral part of Paediatric surgical teams, enabling a reduction in time to administer anaesthetics, lowering stress, with faster operating times resulting in cost savings.