Wednesday, 4 April 2018

The volunteers helping premature babies with octopus toys

The Danish Octo Project, borne out by a group of volunteers in Denmark which produces crocheted octopus toys for premature babies. The group says the tentacles of octopus toys resemble an umbilical cord and “remind babies of their time in the womb”.

Since its inception in 2013, the Danish Octo Project has made 29,000 for preemies - babies born before 37 weeks of pregnancy - in hospitals across Denmark. The initiative has also spread its arms worldwide with people in 38 countries taking part in the “Octopus for a Preemie” movement.

As the tentacles of the octopus simulate an umbilical cord - which establishes the connection between the mother and child - it may give the child a sense of being comforted. However, specific care must be taken to clean the toy and that it may not be advisable for cases where a baby is in an incubator or is very prone to infection.

Video: Easy craft: How to make a yarn octopus

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KKH airs San Diego Zoo TV channel to encourage child patients

San Diego Zoo has teamed up with KKH and Wildlife Reserves Singapore to introduce San Diego Zoo Kids for the first time in Asia.

This is a closed-circuit television channel offering family-friendly, entertaining and educational programming centred on creatures at the Singapore Zoo, Night Safari, River Safari and Jurong Bird Park.

The channel is available in all paediatric wards at KKH.

"The stories we tell through this channel not only entertain children and their families during a stressful time, but provide a resource of calm and comfort for the young patients," said Mr Douglas Myers, the president and chief executive officer of San Diego Zoo Global.

KKH announced the collaboration yesterday, inviting Singapore Zoo staff and also some animals - a ferret, cockatoo, bearded dragon and a hedgehog - to the hospital to meet the young patients.


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MOH-run nursing home Woodlands Care Home in Woodlands pioneering new models of care

The new Woodlands Care Home (WLCH) is piloting an initiative that aims to help residents become independent.

The Home Enablement and Autonomous Living (HEAL) programme emphasises rehabilitation, with the goal for residents to eventually return home. WLCH, which opened in October last year, has identified three of its 109 residents to be part of HEAL since the pilot started in March, where they will live independently and autonomously as part of their discharge preparations.

This includes planning their own daily activities, and being encouraged to serve their own meals, do their own laundry as well as go to the toilet and shower themselves. Nurses will still play a part in their care, particularly in managing their medication.

Separately, WLCH
  • provides caregiver training, to make the transition for residents more sustainable in the long term, and 
  • community partnerships with Admiralty Sec and Riverside Pri schools. The volunteers engage in various activities with the residents with board games, arts & crafts and educating the patients on surfing the internet.

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'Exciting' pill can make blood POISONOUS to mosquitoes

An 'exciting' pill can make human blood poisonous to mosquitoes and kill them, research suggests.

Scientists discovered the disease-carrying flies died after feeding on the blood of humans given super-strength doses of ivermectin.

The mosquito-killing effects lasted up to a month after patients were given the drug, which is already used to treat scabies.

Researchers now hope the drug could be used to stem the control of malaria, and potentially other mosquito-borne diseases.