The Cardiology Team at Alder Hey are very excited by the arrival of a few bugs in clinic. No, don’t worry, not those kind of bugs. These are buzzing plastic lady-bugs!! These friendly little creatures are designed to help take the pain out of needles. They work by using natural pain relief in the
form of vibration to confuse your nerves and distraction to take your focus away from the needle. Vibration and distraction together help dull or eliminate sharp pain like needles.
Other departments in Alder Hey had tried them out and given how well they were received by patients, The Children’s Heart Association offered to fund three for the cardiology team. So if you are in clinic or on the ward and need a blood test, cannula, finger prick or injection and would like to give Buzzy a try, be sure to ask a member of staff. Be sure to let us know what you think of it.
Jessica Sellars (aged 14) was kind enough to let us take a photograph of her trying Buzzy. She had to have two injections, the first one was a while ago before we got our Ladybugs. When she had her second injection she tried “Buzzy” and said “it felt really cold on her arm but the second injection didn’t hurt as much as the first one”.
If you would like to watch some videos of Buzzy being demonstrated, learn more about it or would like to buy your own, visit the website at www.buzzy4shots.com.
Aims to provide the UK with a huge nutrition support network, enabling those in need to find a nutritionist close to them and appropriate for their needs. This is a free, confidential service that will provide those seeking support with all the information they need.
Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center’s Heart Center staff members compiled this online Heart Center Encyclopedia to provide easily accessible information on cardiac diseases, defects, disorders, and problems that may affect a child’s heart. The Heart Center Encyclopedia also provides information about options available to diagnose and treat children’s heart conditions and anomalies.
AboutKidsHealth is being developed at The Hospital for Sick Children, one of the largest paediatric teaching hospitals in the world. The site contains information on various heart conditions as well as other subjects.
Useful and reliable information about giving medicines to your child – written and reviewed by children’s doctors (paediatricians), pharmacists, and parents and carers.
Providing support and at home care to families with babies and children under the age of 5 diagnosed with Congenital Heart Defects and / or feeding difficulties. Supported by Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust – Cardiac and Gastroenterology Departments.
CardiacMatters is a public interest website focused on cardiac issues; the causes, symptoms and treatments. CardiacMatters contains over 80 articles all written by our team of experts and we add around 3 new articles each month.
The Children’s Heart Federation (CHF) brings together groups across Britain and Ireland so that they can share problems, ideas, approaches and educational materials designed to help heart children.
The aim of the British Heart Foundation is to play a leading role in the fight against heart disease so that it is no longer a major cause of disability and premature death.