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Finally, imaging technologists have a way to comfort pedatric patients without sacrificing procedural quality. BravePal™ is a complete cover system designed with bright colors and familiar animal faces to alleviate patient apprehension during what can be considered an intimidating procedure. Minimize fears and prevent tears by providing a courageous friend for children to love and embrace.

BravePal slides over table straps, conceals cords, and provides a comforting "hug" during procedures. A comfortable patient tends to move less during the procedure, preventing the compromise of procedure safety and integrity of testing results.

Medical procedures in and of themselves can cause a high level of anxiety both for pedatric patients and their parents. Additionally, parents who feel anxious can also transfer their anxiety to their children.

The benefits of BravePal™ include increased comfort and trust for both patients and parents during medical procedures and exams, reduced anxiety, and faster, more accurate procedures due to reduced patient movement.

In most cases, patient fear and anxiety can be traced to the moment when unfamiliar straps and cords are placed over them, restricting movement and sense of control over their environment. BravePal™ provides comfort even before the procedure begins. With the simple act of a choosing between two comforting animal covers, patient apprehensiveness dissolves. Place warming devices in specialized pockets for added weight, warmth, and overall comfort.

Child's Response to BravePal™ Epitomizes Invention's Early Ambitions

"It was a light-bulb moment," says Michelle Rhodes, inventor of BravePal™ and nuclear medicine technologist.

Typically children under the age of five are sedated before treatment to help ensure the child remains still during procedures. When sedation isn't the best option for the patient, an occurence that happens more often than not, a papoose board and Velcro strap are used to stabilize the patient.

During one specific incident, Rhodes discovered how providing extra care to a patient struggling with the procedure can impact testing accuracy.

"I had a small child under the age of one in the papoose board and though he had been mildly sedated, he woke up. In order to proceed and make sure the baby would lay still, I had to lay my hands on the patient the entire time, which made it difficult to perform my other tasks."

With her hand on the patient, Rhodes did notice a significant decrease in the infant's agitation level.

"I thought to myself, there has to be something better than the current method of positioning," says Rhodes.

Rhodes then developed a working BravePal™ prototype, that attached to equipment rather than replacing anything on the papoose board. From there, BravePal™ steamed ahead into full development and production.

Everything came full-circle for Rhodes when she used BravePal™ with one patient who couldn't be parted with her companion between a set of different procedures. Instead of choosing to go off and play, the patient remained with her BravePal™, fastened to the table, voluntarily.

"The little girl said 'can you leave that thing on me?'" Rhodes described, "When I asked why she replied that the BravePal™ made her 'feel safe.'"

Give BravePal™ a home and keep your imaging rooms neat and organized. Designed with a minimalistic profile, each BravePal™ Lodge is clearly visible on desktops or on shelves to entering patients. With BravePal™ in view, it doesn't take long before the focus of the patient shifts from pre-procedural anxiety to curious attraction.

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