“I enjoy providing a service that can have such a positive impact on how a patient looks and feels,” says Jeri Whalen, one of three technicians who design and fabricate pressure garments for children with burn injuries at our Northern California Shriners Hospital.
When worn consistently, pressure garments help reduce the effects of scarring in patients with burn injuries. Geri and her co-workers – Peggy Paradise and Martha Dayton – make hundreds and hundreds of pressure garments each year. Every garment is custom designed to meet the individual needs of the patient. Some fit small hands like a glove, others are worn as a body suit around the torso, and others are made to fit small arms and legs. Patients must wear them all day, every day for months.
“It is important to make pressure garments fit comfortably. If a patient has a favorite color, I will include that in the design. I want patients to feel good about wearing their pressure garments,” says Jeri.
While Shriners Hospitals for Children is devoted to preventing burn injuries, when accidents happen, we want parents and families to be aware of the exceptional care available to them.