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Portacath Teaching Doll

on May 6, 2013

Portacaths and other central line devices are often used to administer chemotherapy, medications for chronic conditions, or antibiotics. By creating a doll with a portacath allows for exploration of materials, develop coping strategies, and clear up any potential misconceptions.

All you need to make this doll is a scissors, glue gun, and cap to a paint bottle preferably one with a hole in it already. If you have a portacath needle you can use that by removing the needle and hot gluing the protective plastic cover in its place. If not use your imagination to determine a base , I used a screw cover from a child’s easel. Using a small juice box straw as the “needle” glue to the inside of your “base” as shown in the video.

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4 responses to “Portacath Teaching Doll

  1. Lee says:

    This is great, Genevieve. Thank you!

  2. Reblogged this on Child Life Mommy and commented:
    Great way to teach kids about a portacath.

  3. Great explanation on how to make a Portacath Teaching doll! I love that you reuse so many different types of caps for this project!

  4. Lauren says:

    I didn’t know you had a blog Genevieve! I can keep learning from you on the interweb! Yay!

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