Teddy Bear Clinic helps ease kids’ concerns
They say, “What you don’t know won’t hurt you,” but that statement isn’t entirely accurate, especially when it comes to assuaging a child’s fears.
The Moncks Corner Medical Center partners each year with local civic groups to host the Teddy Bear Clinic, an informal and low stress event designed to provide youngsters with an educating, entertaining and non-threatening introduction to the hospital experience.
“The purpose of the Teddy Bear clinic is to help kids get acclimated to the hospital, so that if they were ever to come into the hospital, they would be familiar with blood pressure, thermometers, x-ray, laboratory and people in scrubs who are smiling,” Moncks Corner Medical Center Director Ann Edlund said. “The goal is to make them not scared and help them get more comfortable with health care. We want children to feel that we’re helpers.”
On Saturday, kids toured a fire engine, visited with deputy sheriffs and other police officers, talked with dental assistants, and even checked out the Life Flight helicopter.
The clinic’s other objectives are to educate children and their parents about car seats and seat belt safety, proper dental hygiene and water safety.
“It’s important for children and parents to observe proper seat belt safety,” said Berkeley County Coroner and Berkeley County Rescue Squad Chief Bill Salisbury. “A major cause of fatalities in automobile accidents is people being ejected from the vehicle in the event of a rollover accident.”
Ben Colley from the South Carolina Highway Patrol demonstrated what happened in the event of a rollover accident using crash dummies not wearing seat belts and dummies properly secured in car seats.
Moncks Corner Medical Center partnered with SC Highway Patrol, SC Department of Natural Resources, Moncks Corner Fire Department, Berkeley County Coroner’s office, Berkeley County Rescue Squad, Life Net, the Berkeley County Sheriff K-9 Unit, Coastal Carolina Peds Dental, and Mother's Against Drunk Driving.
“We will be having another clinic next year,” Edlund said.