Making hospital trips less scary with iPads

For many children, a trip to the hospital is a terrifying experience and therefore they are often reluctant to cooperate with hospital staff.  Currently, the most widely used methods of keeping children still enough to perform procedures, such as setting broken bones or putting in stitches, are sedation or physical restraint.

At the University of Chicago Medicine Comer Children’s Hospital, health professionals are testing a new way to make a trip to the hospital easier for children by using iPads.  The iPads are being used as a fun way to entertain kids with videos, games and interactive apps.  Video chat is used to help families communicate with relatives at the hospital and allow new mothers to watch their newborn babies in the neonatal intensive care unit.  Educational games and videos are also used to help children and families understand hospital procedures and particular diseases.

(Source: University of Chicago)

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