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January 21, 2016

N.Y. college student creates IV 'superheroes' to help kids in hospitals feel safe

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IV Hero aims to make hospitals less scary for kids by transforming the hospital room into an opportunity to get superpowers.

A New York college student's invention aims to make hospitals less scary for kids.

Bobby Lenahan, a junior at Molloy College in Rockville Centre, created the IV Hero to transform the hospital room for kids by making them feel like superheroes, 6ABC reports.

IV Hero is a disposable paper sleeve decorated with superhero-themed characters that hides an IV bag during medical treatments. 

"Now with a little help from a child’s imagination, instead of getting scary medicine, they feel like they’re getting superpowers," the IV Hero website says.

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According to the website, the product was developed in conjunction with nurses to ensure that they can still do their jobs.

"You introduce these covers, and [children] seem to calm down," Cathy Dunn of Staten Island University Hospital told 6ABC.

Each IV Hero costs less than a dollar to make, 6ABC reports. And, the heroes come in all shapes and sizes.

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According to Molloy College, IV Hero will soon be adopted at 21 New York City hospitals.

Learn more about the IV Hero here.

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