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The Shark that does not bite: an Australian rubber glove distraction technique for distressed children
  1. Andrew Hugman1,2,
  2. James Edwards3,
  3. Sean Williams4,
  4. Dane Chalkley3
  1. 1Ambulance Service of New South Wales, Aeromedical and Medical Retrieval Services, Sydney, NSW, Australia
  2. 2Prince of Wales Hospital, Sydney, NSW, Australia
  3. 3Department of Emergency, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
  4. 4Department of Anaesthetics, Manly Hospital, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
  1. Correspondence to Dr Andrew Hugman, Aeromedical and Medical Retrieval Services, Level 2, Sydney Ambulance Centre, 27 Garden St, Eveleigh Sydney, NSW 2015 Australia; andrewhugman{at}

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Dear Editor,

We read with interest the article by Fogarty et al, and agree that distraction has an important role in the management of children in distress.1

Their success of distraction was not influenced by the model of rubber glove created, …

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  • Contributors AH conceived the letter, manufactured the model and took the photograph. AH, JE, SW and DC all participated in the authorship collaboratively and contributed to revising it critically for content. AH finalised the formatting and submitted the manuscript. No sharks were harmed in the process.

  • Competing interests None.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; internally peer reviewed.

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