Story excerpt provided by The Plain Dealer.
Written by Julie Washington.
Dr. Salar Badruddin, a doctor in the pediatrics critical care department at Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital, remembers the patient who gave him the idea for an invention he calls Blood Cuff Huggers.
The patient, a frightened child, screamed and squirmed so badly that caregivers could not get a blood pressure cuff around his arm or leg. Badruddin realized that a blood pressure cuff that looked like a cuddly animal hugging a child’s arm might be calming, allowing care providers to take an accurate blood pressure reading.
“When kids come to the hospital, everything we do is scary,” Badruddin said. “This would be a better option to make kids feel more comfortable.”
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Originally published September 14, 2017.