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Emerg Med J. 2014 Apr;31(4):327-8. doi: 10.1136/emermed-2013-202337. Epub 2013 Apr 29.

The 'Jedward' versus the 'Mohawk': a prospective study on a paediatric distraction technique.

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Paediatric Emergency Department, Tallaght Hospital, , Dublin, Ireland.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To examine the use of a standard hospital glove, inflated as a balloon with a face drawn on it, as a distraction technique in children with an acute injury.

METHODS:

We designed a study to assess the 'best' way to orientate the glove when drawing a face on it. A prospective study was performed in the authors' institution, where all children between the ages of 2 and 8 years presenting during the study period were given the option of playing with one of two glove balloons with a face drawn on it in two different ways.

RESULTS:

149 paediatric patients were assessed, of whom 136 picked a glove, 75 picked the 'Jedward' version and 61 the 'Mohawk' version.

CONCLUSIONS:

A standard hospital glove, inflated as a balloon with a face drawn on it, is a useful distraction for children with an acute injury. The face drawn should be drawn 'Jedward' style.

KEYWORDS:

paediatrics; psychology, patient support

PMID:
23629154
DOI:
10.1136/emermed-2013-202337
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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