I had the chance to give out a couple of the stuffy bears to kids in x-ray and in CT. Both kids were 5 years old and they were so happy to have that after their procedure. Both kids smiled and said thank you and gave the bear a hug. It was so sweet to see them not even remember being scared for their procedures because I promised them a little bear after their procedure. Thank you for all your hard work to have those available for the kids.
I have had numerous positive reactions with peds patients since having these bears around! Not only do they work as a great motivator/bargaining tool for the kiddos to look forward to at the end of the case, but I think it provides a much more positive experience for them, as they leave so much happier and maybe less terrified than when they come to see us. They have definitely been helpful and honestly, heart-warming and fun to give way!
Performed x-rays on an autistic pediatric patient with the parent’s assistance. The examination went very well and the child did so amazing. After we were finished I gave the child a stuffed animal and the child’s face lit up and they were so happy! The parent gasped and said this is almost the exact same one they have at home, and when they left for the hospital, the parent forgot to bring their favorite stuffed animal. The parent was so overjoyed that this one would serve as a great replacement to comfort their child for the rest of their time at the hospital and then taking it home after!
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