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We first met Sawyer on Radiothon three years ago. Now four years old, Sawyer still visits the hospital regularly. He was born with a condition called Central Core Disease and lived in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit for more than a year. The disease affects all of his muscles including his diaphragm, and he is not able to breathe on his own so he relies on a trach and special ventilator to breathe for him. Because his disease affects muscle weakness, he has had several surgeries to insert Veptr rods in his back that he comes to the hospital every six months to get adjusted.
Whenever Sawyer is sick, needs another surgery, or has low blood sugars as a result of his disease, he requires an IV. In his four years, he has had literally hundreds of “pokes.” The challenge is, Sawyer is a difficult poke and is afraid of needles. He becomes sweaty and anxious anticipating his needles. Even the most skilled nurses often have trouble finding his vein and giving him a needle. And these nurses are the best at giving needles to kids! This can also be stressful for his mom and nurses too.
In this case, Sawyer would benefit from technology like the V-Scan Pocket Ultrasound, which can help improve patient comfort and take that anxiety away for him and his mom!