Even bandages are looking a little brighter

July 23, 1993|By Murray Dubin

It's not just braces.

All sorts of medical and health-related equipment and appliances have become kinder, gentler, more colorful decidedly kid-friendly.

Casts and bandages, surgical masks and leg braces and even things as simple as glasses have been either been redesigned or have had hues added. All in an effort to make them more acceptable to children.

"In the past four or five years, bandages have Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Santa Claus, neon stripes," says Richard S. Davidson, an orthopedic surgeon at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

"Leg braces have different kinds of releases on them to make them easier, and have lots of different colors."

He says that casts, too, are featured in colors and designs, but he warns that not all decorative fiberglass casts are strong enough to use, depending on the manufacturer.

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