VAN WERT — Is your Teddy Bear well? That is the question that staff
at Van Wert County Hospital will help answer during the Teddy Bear
Clinic from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Jan. 21. The event is geared towards
children ages 3-8, though children of all ages are welcome to attend.
Teddy Bear Clinic will introduce children to the emergency room
experience in a fun and educational setting. “Come meet us before you
need us,” shared Paula Stabler, RN, Director of the Emergency
Department. “Visiting the hospital emergency room can be a stressful
time for both children and parents. The Teddy Bear Clinic provides an
opportunity to interact with the emergency department staff and touch
the equipment that may be used during a real visit without the angst
that can occur when you visit us during an emergency.”
to touring the emergency room, children will serve as the “parent” of
the teddy bear while accompanying them through the Teddy Bear triage
area, where the bears will be weighed, measured and receive a cast for
any broken bones the bear may have. The stuffed friends will also
receive a nebulizer breathing treatment.
“Children who are
diagnosed with asthma, RSV or another respiratory ailment may be
prescribed a nebulizer treatment at home as part of their care plan. The
machine does make noise and can be initially scary for a child. The
Teddy Bear Clinic is a great way for kids to be exposed to a nebulizer
machine for the first time and to see that it’s not so scary after all,”
Jeanette Ford, director of Cardio Pulmonary Services at Van Wert County
The Teddy Bear Clinic also features a story time,
opportunity for children to try on a lab coat and stethoscope and all
children and parents receive a snack or meal provided by the Van Wert
County Hospital cafeteria.
This event is free and open to the
public, but each child must have an appointment. Appointments are
available every 30 minutes and the event takes approximately one hour.
To register a child for this event, call 419-238-2390 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.