On April 6, more than 500 children had their teddy bears checked out for free during the 10th annual Rockland County YouthFest, which took place at the Rockland Community College Field House and was sponsored by Nyack Hospital and DHS Technologies.
The Teddy Bear Hospital is designed to introduce children to the ED in a non-threatening way and to give them basic health and safety information.
After the children registered their teddy bears, they proceeded into the hospital and bears were triaged by the nurses.
Patients then proceeded to the exam rooms for an evaluation by doctors or nurses. The clinician checked temperature, pulse, respiration, and blood pressure. If needed, the patient had a make-believe IV hookup. Broken limbs were X-rayed and casted, and X-rays were put up on the light box for the children to see. Discharge orders, depending on the diagnosis, were the final step and were given to the children so that they could take proper care of their teddy bears.
According to Linda Suarez, RN, MS, CDE, coordinator of Patient and Community Education, This is a great opportunity for the community to get to know our nurses.
For more information about the Teddy Bear Hospital, call the Nyack Hospital Department of Public Affairs at (845) 348-2773. To learn more about YouthFest, call the Rockland County Youth Bureau at (845) 638-5166.