FAIRFIELD — A thank-you Thursday to fifth-graders at Rolling Hills Elementary from Sutter Urgent Care included a tour of the Fairfield clinic as well as doctors insights into “RICE” and IVs.
Physicians talked about the rest, ice, compression and elevation – RICE – treatment of soft tissue injuries such as sprains, along with information about the intravenous infusions known as IVs.
The tour came after past volunteer efforts by the fifth-graders to prepare goodie bags with coloring sheets and toys for pediatric patients at Sutter.
That work was among efforts by the elementary school children who were given tours Thursday by Dr. Arfan Din, associate medical director for Sutter, and Dr. Thomas McNabb, lead physician at the Fairfield clinic.
Din spoke with the children about how the brain acts as the computer for the body and represents the most important single organ. Din was providing information, but was struck by the quality of the children’s answers to his questions about matters such as first-aid treatments.
“I’m impressed,” he told them.
McNabb explained about conversations that physicians have with patients to learn more about ailments.
“We ask you specific questions,” he said. “We need good information.”
Colleen Hutchinson, who teaches the fifth-graders at Rolling Hills, said the tour of the clinic off Chadbourne Road works two ways.
“We thought it was important for them to make the connection with the doctors,” she said of the children. And, Hutchinson said, “It’s important for the community to see us.”
Rouseta Bettencourt, 11, liked learning about RICE, while Justin Duff, 10, was interested in how an IV can pump water or blood into a patient.
Macy Wilson, 11, welcomed the inside look at Sutter Urgent Care and had a three-word conclusion about the tour.
“It was cool,” she said.
Sutter provided the children with goodie bags of their own, containing “medical must-haves” that included bandages and surgical masks.
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