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Patricia Moss and her crafty group of ladies from Blacktown’s Tapestry Studio have donated more than 30 fiddle cuffs to Blacktown Hospital.

Patricia Moss and her crafty group of ladies from Blacktown's Tapestry Studio.
Patricia Moss and her crafty group of ladies from Blacktown’s Tapestry Studio.

Blacktown Hospitals acting Dementia and Delirium clinical nurse consultant Maureen Buckley said the fiddle cuffs are placed on the forearm of patients with dementia to distract them from pulling out intravenous lines and removing wound care dressings.

“The cuffs are knitted or crocheted from coloured and textured wool and have various embellishments stitched onto them to give the patient something to “fiddle” with when applied,” she said.

“If we have to redress a wound or reinsert cannulas it can be distressing for many patients, so anything that can reduce this anxiety benefits the patients and staff”.

If you would like to donate fiddle cuffs to the hospital, contact Blacktown Hospitals acting Dementia and Delirium clinical nurse consultant on 9881 8000.

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