Archive November 2018 XIX, No. 11

Ideas That Work: Coban Bandage Art for Cochlear Implant Kids

Daniele Hoffman, BSN, RN, CNOR, CPN
BANDAGE BUDDIES Daniele Hoffman, RN, at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford, creates Coban bandage art for kids having surgery.

Children who have unilateral or bilateral cochlear implant surgery wake up with bulky head dressings. My handmade Coban “bandage buddies” turn their frowns upside-down. Kids flip through a Coban art book and choose the character or design. When they emerge from surgery, they’re more excited about the cool bandage art than they are concerned about the dressings. As a pediatric surgery travel nurse, I’m not in a place for long, but my bandage art makes a lasting impression.

Daniele Hoffman, BSN, RN, CNOR, CPN
Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford
Palo Alto, Calif.

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