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It's a Zoo in Here!

Published 21 May 10 01:53 PM
Comfort the smallest patients with fun animal-shaped pediatric medical equipment.

The doctor's office or hospital can be a scary place. I'm an adult and I feel that way, and to children, especially those who aren't feeling the best, it may be frightening. Fun scrubs in the workplace or creative wall decorations and toys to play with can make it a little easier (and provide some much needed distractions!) for kids to feel more comfortable with medical treatment.

If you work in the pediatrics department, you may want to check out some pediatric medical equipment products to put the wee ones at ease. At ADVANCE Healthcare Shop, we have a few new products (and some oldies but goodies, too) that fit the bill.

Ribbbbbbit! Frog Pen/Light. Fun and functional, the frog pen and light combo works great as pediatric medical equipment and would be a good distraction for anxious or rambunctious children. The all-in-one pen and light featuring a dangling frog also comes with a lanyard that snaps apart easily to ensure you don't get snagged (or yanked!). Speech-language pathology student Jamie gave it a good review, noting that her younger patients like this particular piece of pediatric medical equipment. "This pen/pen-light is a great tool for those working with the pediatric population! It's way more heavy-duty than I expected!" she wrote.

The panda will see you now. Or at least take your temperature! Chose from either a monkey or a panda for your next thermometer. Made by Prestige Medical, these pediatric thermometers offer up either a smiling monkey or a grinning panda as fully functional thermometers.

I sense knock-knock jokes ... The reflex hammer in the shape of a giraffe works well as pediatric medical equipment, though I would also feel a bit more at ease if my doctor produced one of these during my next exam. It totally reminds me of a knock-knock joke: "Knock-knock. Who's there? Giraffe. Giraffe who? Giraffe anything to eat? I'm starving!" The giraffe has a name (Jamaal, in case you were wondering), and is much less frightening than the regular version of the reflex hammer. In addition, the giraffe reflex hammer functions exactly like any old reflex hammer, so you don't have to worry about compromising on functionality just to get a few chuckles ... though to really get a few chuckles, you may want to hold off on the knock-knock jokes.

If you work in pediatrics, do you use special medical equipment or wear different scrubs to help put patients at ease? What effect do you think that has on the patients?

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About Lynn Jusinski

After an internship at a home magazine where she wrote about media rooms and $500,000 pool renovations from the comfort of a teeny, cluttered dorm room, Lynn Jusinski graduated from a small college in Pennsylvania and then moved on to write for two weekly newspapers in suburban Philadelphia. A column she penned for the papers won an award from the Pennsylvania Newspaper Association. In 2007, Lynn moved back to the magazine world, and worked full-time as an associate editor for ADVANCE for Health Information Professionals. Her work on the magazine led to “Rookie of the Year” honors and a second place feature award in the annual Editorial Excellence Awards presented by Merion Publications Inc. In her free time, Lynn is typically stuck in traffic, shopping, reading, constructing poorly made crafts and hanging out in and around her hometown.
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