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Addressing the elephant in the room: how to use a glove as a distraction technique in paediatric patients
  1. Partha Ray1,
  2. Arun Ray2
  1. 1 St George’s University Hospital, London, UK
  2. 2 Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals, Brighton, UK
  1. Correspondence to Partha Ray, St George’s University Hospital, London SW17 0QT, UK; partha.s.t.ray{at}

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The compliance and cooperation of a child are essential when treating paediatric patients and may be very challenging. Often this may include painful or uncomfortable procedures such as taking blood or checking for vital signs. This may be required in multiple clinical settings and may take place in environments which are not the most child friendly.

It has been widely noted in the current literature, that distraction techniques can be useful in …

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  • Contributors PR was the author of the script. AR was the coauthor and reviewer of the script. Both authors have frequently used this technique in the early stages of their training with great success.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Patient consent for publication Not required.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; internally peer reviewed.

  • Data sharing statement There are no additional unpublished data which have not been used/submitted in this manuscript.

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