Monday, August 3, 2015

My First Teddy Bear Clinic

Last month was my very first Teddy Bear Clinic! 
For those who do not know, a teddy bear clinic is a fun way for a child to experience what might happen if they ever needed to go to the hospital, with their bear as the patient. 

The child life specialists at my hospital were in charge of this event. For our first time running a big event like this, I am extremely proud of our team. 

We worked with the director of Peds and Marketing in order to pull off this event. We were able to help over 600 children and their teddys! 

How we set up the teddy bear clinic
 In order to avoid a traffic jam of children, we had the same booths on each side.  

The child would come to the registration table first, receive a bear, name their bear, and get a hospital band and hospital certificate! 
Then the child and their bear would go on to the Emergency Department, to radiology, to the lab, to surgery and finally discharge or home. 

In the Emergency Department bears were measured, had their temperatures measured, their blood pressures taken, and their hearts listened to. 

 
In Radiology bears were given an x-ray! How cute is the actual x-ray of a bear? Our amazing x-ray tech coated the bear in contrast to get the fun picture. 




In the lab, we talked about veins cleaned the bears arm, tied a tourniquet, and used "bear blood" to illustrate a lab draw. Bears were given a band-aid as well. 
In surgery, the child was able to be the surgeon. They got to wear a buffon, mask and gloves as well as tell the surgeons where the bear needed surgery. The surgeons gave the bear a sleepy mask, and worked on the bears until they felt all better.
The last station was the discharge station. We handed out a teddy bear clinic coloring sheet, created by the awesome Prescription to Play Blogger, and let children participate in medical play.

We also had a police car, ambulance, and fire truck for children to explore after their bears had been discharged. 

I had a blast and can't wait to make it even better next year!

Has your hospital ever participated in a Teddy Bear Clinic? What things do I need to add to ours? 

Thank you for all your support for the blog lately! We love you guys!

-Sydney

1 comments:

Abdul Wasay said...

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