Thursday, May 12, 2011
Contact: Greg Raver-Lampman, 668-7554
Belt developed at CHKD aids children with G-tubes
CHKD nurse practitioner and occupational therapist to demonstrate product at national conference
PALM DESERT, CA – A CHKD nurse practitioner and an occupational therapist will demonstrate to a gathering of pediatric surgical nurses a product they created to keep children from pulling out their gastrostomy tubes.
The G-Tube Protective Belt has been dubbed the JA-10G after CHKD occupational therapist Joshua Adler, who developed the belt in consultation with CHKD’s pediatric surgery department.
Adler and CHKD certified pediatric nurse practitioner Melia Leisten will demonstrate the use of the belt at the 20th annual scientific conference of the American Pediatric Surgical Nurses Association (APSNA).
The G-Tube Protective Belt was developed to deal with two common problems nurses and surgeons encounter in children who have had G-tubes, skin erosion and protecting the G-tube from accidental removal. The G-Tube Protector Belt is a colorful neoprene belt with a flap that covers the G-tube button. The belt is comfortable and unobtrusive. After the belt was developed, demand increased to the point that it is now being manufactured for hospitals nationwide.
The APSNA was founded in 1991 and brings together pediatric surgical nurses from around the world to its scientific conferences to discuss new innovations and techniques.
CHKD is the only freestanding children’s hospital in Virginia that serves the medical and surgical needs of children in Virginia and northeastern North Carolina.