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Portacath Teaching Doll

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.


G-Tube Button Teaching Doll

Making a doll for a child to keep at bedside or to take home allows them to continue to learn, play, and develop coping strategies in a non threatening environment.  The child is provided the opportunity to become the “expert” of his illness by showing it to siblings, friends or classmates at school.

Materials you need for this D.I.Y project is a doll or stuffed animal, scissors, hot glue gun, and the valve to a beach ball or inner tube.


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