Emergency Department Host Annual Teddy Bear Clinic
Friday, October 7, 2016 from 8:45-11:30, the emergency department at Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital will host its annual Adopt-a-School program for Speer Elementary School called the Teddy Bear Clinic.
The Teddy Bear Clinic offers kindergarten classes from the school an opportunity to visit various stations and get a personal view of tools and vehicles used in emergency situations.
Several hospital departments and community organizations come together to help make this a fun, entertaining and educational experience for the students.
The Nutrition Department teaches the students about the different food groups and I-Kids Pediatric Dental provides information on teeth cleaning.
The students are also taught the importance of washing your hands. Glitter is sprinkled on their hands to represent germs. The children are then told to shake another student’s hands to show the spread of germs. They are then given an alcohol mousse to show how to clean/wash their hands properly.
Included in their day of activities is a tour to the ER to look at x-rays and learn about different medical equipment they may see while in the ER such as blood pressure machines, wheelchairs and crutches.
The Arlington Police gives the students a lesson on bicycle safety and explain the importance of wearing safety gear. Each child is given a helmet to take home with them.
An exciting experience for all kids is the view from the inside of a fire truck from the Arlington Fire Department as well as an ambulance from AMR EMS. To end their tour, a doctor or supervisor will visit with the students and give each of them a teddy bear to take home to use as patients so they can practice first aid with bandages and gauze.
Each year there are between 120-140 students who attend the program. This is a very exciting and educational opportunity for the students as well as the volunteers.
by Deborah Blake 9/22/2016