“ Manufacturer: Tesco / Age: 3 Years+ „
NOW, I HOPE YOUR TAKING THIS AS SERIOUS AS I AM!
The clinical two tier treatment trolley has four sturdy large lime green wheels. This is important, because when my grand-son, who is the qualified doctor and neuro surgeon, is in a hurry to get to his patient, me, the wheels take some pretty tough knocks on the skirting boards around the hospital wards, my lounge.
The lower tray on the trolley is bright blue and easily cleaned against HAI (Hospital Acquired Infections). The tray is a good size in order to fit the surgical instruments. The waist high smaller tier is bright yellow, which is handy if the lights are low in order for the patient to rest; the physician is still able to locate his instruments. There is a special section on this tray for the vital organ monitor.
The trolley supports the surgical instrument trays by means of four thick white plastic sturdy poles. This design is crucial so as not to drop the implements, needing to waste life-saving moments re-sterilizing in the sink with the dishes!
This fundamental piece of equipment comes in white with a blue lookalike LCD display. There is an on/off switch to enable the Health Care Professional communicate with his staff with an electronic 'Ask the Doctor' device that delivers a diagnosis and suggest a remedy. The apparatus has a bright yellow button with a symbol of a doctor featured on the call component. Therefore, if the nurse on call is in charge of the trolley, and she needs the assistance of the doctor, she can press this button, and he will come as soon as he finishes his Jaffa cake luncheon.
On the tool bar of this equipment is three buttons. One is for the heart. Although I am still a nursing student, I know this as it has a heart symbol on it! The other middle button is for measuring one's blood pressure. And last but not least is the temperature button. I must suffer from very low temperatures, because both the doctor and the nurse on call, my grand-daughter, always cover me up in plenty of Winnie the Pooh blankets!
Each of the buttons has an engrained plastic trail that indicate where the connection shapes are, on the front of the device, in order to link the appropriate elements into the machine.
I understand that a normal blood pressure can be anything from 60-100 diastolic (when the heart valve rest momentarily) and 100-150 for systolic. But when the doctor, my four year old grand-son, instructs the matron, my five year old grand-daughter, to take my blood-pressure, its comes out as 10/5, but I'm instructed that I'm not to worry, I just need to rest!
When my temperature, normally 36.5, is taken, the nurse informs me that it is down to 20. But apparently, this is normal for winter! When, I'm put on the heart monitor, I'm told that my heart rate is too fast because I eat too much battenburg cake.
~TOOLS OF THE TRADE~
Next we come to the surgical instruments. Thankfully, these are not cold stainless steel. In fact, they are thick sturdy warmish plastic. There are two medicine bottles that include measurement notations. The doctor puts Tic Tacs in the green tablet bottle, these are for what the physician terms my 'grapes', varicose veins to the rest of us laymen. The purple liquid medicine bottle contains the Ribena the nurse thought appropriate for my joints. She heard me going 'ohhh ahhh' as I got up off the chair. Asking me what was the matter, I replied, 'my knees, oh these joints'. At first she thought I was referring to meat for a roast, as 'mummy calls that joints'!
Further on, we come to the syringe. Now please, let me warn you as I'm sure you wouldn't want to sustain a needle stick injury. If your 'clinical personel' is about to inject you with the plastic green vial with its purple inoculation needle, although it may look thick and plastic on the tip, if the HCP isn't concentrating, it will feel realistic!
I purchased the basics range of bandages in Tesco for 30p each; the nurse cuts these with the yellow plastic blunt surgical scissors. Of course, under the supervision of the doctor, and the patient over-looking the procedure.
The ward instruments include a blue handled patella hammer for checking reflexes. The staff nurse hits my knees with full gusto with the yellow flat ended hammer. If my knee doesn't react fast enough, the nurse hits it more swiftly and harder. My knee now has a habit of twitching even before the procedure begins!
Then we come to a bright yellow gadget that can be used for two practices, either as flat tipped suture tissue forceps, or what I plead them to be used for, tweezers for picking up used bandages!
The unit contains a very handy blue handle mirror to CAREFULLY check nanny's throat. As an added feature, there's a yellow wrist band that can be used to detail the patient's name, Nanny, or to alert other HCP's that the patient is allergic...to pain!
Finally, in this section is the lime green bowl, a very effective tool in holding plasters, dressings and TIC TACS.
An indispensable appliance is the blue drip stand that looks rather like an up-side down toilet plunger. It has the red cross sign on but in white! Attached to this is the transparent plastic saline (7UP) container, with measurements. The IV is transferred to the patient via a yellow plastic tube connected to a wrist band to keep it in place.
~LET'S HAVE A HEART TO HEART~
The stethoscope has a white hearing piece with green tubing leading down to the yellow/purple device that is placed none to gently on the victim, sorry I meant patient. This tool is being connected via the twirly phone type lead to the monitor.
~*~ DIAGNOSIS ~*~
For £25 from Tesco direct, this is a life-saver! I am left as a very happy patient knowing that this toy provides endless amounts of fun and role play.
~*~ JUST A TOY?~*~
As well as stimulating the imagination, vital in helping creativity, this medical role playing toy encourages empathy. The tots will ask me how I am; I'll occasionally say ouch, they'll both potter around in unison trying to provide things so 'nanny won't hurt anymore'. This type of play provides a powerful way of flourishing social skills. The grand-children learn to share and provide encouragement. They ask each other questions and bond in play. When their little friends play with them in this game, they tend to interact very well, each taking on a role that displays friendly companionship, seeking happily to help each other. When mummy and daddy come to collect the grand-tots, they are often persuades to sit in the 'waiting room' and watch while they give a hearty and fun performances for the family.
Primary aspects of role play involve the function of socialization; developing friendship through cooperating, listening and taking it in turns to play certain roles.
I feel that role play has another profound element to consider; preparing the children to the kind of situations that they may themselves face, with this particular role play toy, e.g. going to the doctors or needing to visit the hospital. It takes the fear out of these issues if they become aware of the reasons and the HCP's helpful roles. The children will often ask what each tool of the equipment does. I explain very carefully what the tool is called, then what is is used for, and finally showing on myself, how it is used. The children begin to understand how our bodies work and sometimes, how we get poorly. Furthermore, in what ways we can receive treatment. As the children act out their roles, I'll occasionally advice on how they would help their patient. I will comment that 'I'm afraid' of injections. This way, they respond in their own unique ways of how to comfort me, saying, 'I won't hurt you, it will be over quickly'. If they are ever in this situation, they'll be much more confident and assured.
~*~ WOULD I RECOMMEND? ~*~
YES, even as the one who generally has to play the patient, I witness pure delight in the faces of my grand-children as they adopt their medical roles. It is the kind of toy one can keep adding too. I regularly refurbish the clinical trolley with the basics range if medical supplies...and TIC TACS!