Kids' donation to help young hospital patients

The Health Services Authority will soon have a vein-finding device in the hospital’s pediatric ward, thanks to a group of preschoolers. 

Just for Kids Preschool in Prospect held a walkathon to raise the $6,000 needed to buy the medical equipment. 

The school was motivated by the desire to relieve the pain that children experience during intravenous procedures. The vein finder makes it easier to locate a child’s veins, thus sparing them unnecessary needle jabs. 

The students, teachers and preschool owner Evelyn Rockett presented a check on Monday morning to the head of the Pediatric Department, Dr. Earl Robinson, and nurse manager Gillian Barlow at the children’s ward. 

“On behalf of [the pediatric ward], we are overwhelmed by the generosity expressed by Just for Kids,” said Dr. Robinson. “We know the gift will go a long way in making life at pediatric care much easier,” he said. 

Ms. Rockett said, “Parents know what they have to go through when children get their shots. We want to make it is as pleasant for them as possible.” 

She said the money was raised through the school’s biggest fundraiser. The school has also committed to more walkathons to raise money for two more vein finders, one for the hospital’s emergency room and one for Cayman Brac’s Faith Hospital, Ms. Rockett said. 

Ms. Barlow said they will consult with the hospital’s vascular surgeons to determine which vein finder to buy. 

A vein finder is designed to help healthcare practitioners find veins quickly. This facilitates rapid access to veins in emergency situations, and with patients whose veins are difficult to find due to various health problems, according to online medical sources. 

Vein finders can also be used for routine blood draws, increasing patient comfort. 

The classic vein finder consists of a device with a very bright source of light which is held against the skin to illuminate the veins. Another type of vein finder relies on Doppler ultrasound. This handheld device is held over the skin and emits sound waves that interact with blood flowing in the veins. A healthcare practitioner can then guide a needle into a vein. 

The children of Just for Kids, along with the preschool’s owner Evelyn Rockett, far right, and teachers Ingrid Messam and Rockillee MacNeil, on left, present a $6,000 check to pediatric staff, from third left, student nurse Vanessa Holness, nurse manager Gillian Barlow, department head Dr. Earl Robinson, intern Dr. Shawn Gutierrez and nurse Lisa Passley-Unick. – Photo: Jewel Levy