It comforts the patient and it delivers therapy, said Mr. Burch. They can carry them around like a toy until it s time for a treatment, he explained. She ll play with it when she gets home from school now, Dr. Kramer said. Sometimes she wants to sleep with it. Some nights she ll get up and tell her mother she wants the bear, which means she needs the treatment. The bear is more like she s playing instead of taking a treatment, so it s helped tremendously. I just determined in my mind to come up with a way to give kids treatment that wasn t so traumatizing, and thus came the bear, explained Mr. Burch. And his granddaughter is definitely in compliance. The bear is made of soft, molded plastic that looks like a child s toy and squeaks when you squeeze it. But the bear also delivers breathing treatments when it connects to a nebulizer through a hole in its stomach. Dr. Robert Kramer is medical director for KidO s LLC, the company that sells the bear. His 7-year-old granddaughter, Logan Sullivan, uses the bear for her asthma treatments. Logan holds the bear in front of her mouth to receive medicine. He s not yet had to use the bear on the job, but it s absolutely something I could use, he said. The toy was stuck across the child s airway and paramedics wanted to give him supplemental oxygen, but the boy was afraid of the oxygen mask. The anxiety caused his heart rate to go up, and the result was a trip to the emergency room. Mr. Burch is focusing on letting parents know the KidO s Bear is available at www.kidosbear.com. The product is also being marketed to older patients suffering from dementia or other illnesses because it provides a nonthreatening way to deliver treatments that might otherwise be refused. While the KidO s Bear may not be the most direct form of treatment, getting cooperation from a child makes the process easier, Dr. Kramer said. We used to fight with it a lot, said Logan s mother, Jessica Kramer. It kind of tortured us. She was using just the regular mask, which she was reluctant to cooperate with, to put it mildly, he said. The inventor of the KidO s Bear also knows that children often are scared when they can t understand what is happening. When he was responding several years ago to a 16-month old who had partially swallowed a toy, Mr. Burch recognized a need. What you might lose in efficiency, you make up for in compliance, he explained. PLANO, Texas– As a paramedic for the Plano Fire Department since 1989, John Burch knows how to stay calm in an emergency.
An initial lineup of guest performers has been released for Kristin Chenoweth’s weeklong Broadway concert engagement For the Girls, which begins its run tonight at the Nederlander Theatre. The list of performers includes Laura Benanti, Wicked songwriter Stephen Schwartz and a slew of current and former Wicked stars. For the Girls will run for a limited engagement through November 17.A list of confirmed guest artists can be found below.November 8 at 8:00pm: Brittney JohnsonNovember 9 at 2:00pm: Katie Rose ClarkeNovember 9 at 8:00pm: Jenn Gambatese and Julie JamesNovember 10 at 7:00pm: Jennifer Laura Thompson, Morgan James and Stephen SchwartzNovember 15 at 8:00pm: Ginna Claire Mason and CeCe WinansNovember 16 at 2:00pm: Jennifer Laura Thompson, Laura Benanti and Tatum HopkinsNovember 16 at 8:00pm: Laura Woyasz and Chely WrightNovember 17 at 7:00pm: Amanda Jane Cooper, Jessica Vosk, Shoshana Bean, Mario Cantone and Stephen SchwartzBased on her new album, For the Girls acts as Chenoweth’s personal tribute to music’s most passionate women, who have influenced her into becoming the accomplished Broadway star she is today. Chenoweth is expected to wow audiences with songs such as “The Way We Were,” “When I Fall in Love” and “The Man That Got Away” from the beloved artists Barbra Streisand, Dolly Parton and Judy Garland.For the Girls features direction by Richard Jay-Alexander and music direction by Mary-Mitchell Campbell. Jessica Vosk View Comments Star Files Amanda Jane Cooper Kristin Chenoweth & Stephen Schwartz(Photo: Bruce Glikas for Broadway.com) Show Closed This production ended its run on Nov. 17, 2019 Shoshana Bean Laura Benanti Kristin Chenoweth: For the Girls Related Shows Kristin Chenoweth Jennifer Laura Thompson Ginna Claire Mason View All (7)
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