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Archive June 2020 XXI, No. 6

Ideas That Work: PPE Pearl

Monkeys Make Masks More Comfortable

Heather Stohr, MS, CCLS
HELPING HANDS Toy monkeys support the elastic bands of masks to take pressure off the ears.

If your ears begin to feel the pinch from wearing masks all day as you return work during the coronavirus outbreak, reach for a Barrel of Monkeys. It's one of the many games my colleagues and I use to help children and families cope with the stress of hospitalization. When our ears began to ache from wearing masks for hours on end, we incorporated monkeys from the barrel into our unofficial PPE protocol. Attaching the hands of the monkeys to the elastic bands of facemasks takes the pressure off our ears and makes wearing them more comfortable.

Heather Stohr, MS, CCLS
Norton Healthcare
Louisville, Ky.

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