Teddy Bear Clinic takes the “scare” out of care for kids visiting the emergency department

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Kids are invited to bring their favorite Teddy Bears to Hennepin County Medical Center’s (HCMC) Emergency Department on Saturday, September 30 from 8am to 11am for a special Teddy Bear Clinic.

Teddy Bears will be “admitted” and after being examined may have a variety of procedures performed including blood pressure and heart rate checks, injections, stitches, x-rays, or a splint or bandage placed on their paws.

“Teddy Bears — or any kind of comfort aid like a favorite toy, blanket or doll — are always welcome in the emergency department,” explains Dr. Ashley Strobel.

The Teddy Bear Clinic was originally scheduled for May 20 of this year, but had to be rescheduled due to the measles outbreak.

“Thanks to successful vaccination and early intervention programs, the measles resurgence has passed for this season. We’re so excited for our Teddy Bear Clinic after last year’s fun event,” said Dr. Strobel.

The clinic will also feature trauma prevention activities, ambulance and fire truck tours, and free bike helmet giveaways (while supplies last). For more information, go to hcmc.org/teddy 

Five ways to help your child’s experience in the emergency department. 

For more than 130 years, Hennepin County Medical Center has successfully taken care of critically injured and ill children. That experience makes a huge difference when a child’s life is at risk. HCMC is a Level I Pediatric Trauma Center with the right people and equipment in place, ready to care for critically injured children from the time of injury through rehabilitation.