In what could be a first for emergency departments in the Bay Area,
Lucile Packard Children's Hospital is announcing that their Pediatric
Emergency Department at Stanford Hospital & Clinics now provides an
Apple favorite for its patients. Potentially painful procedures are a
little less scary with the addition of iPads in every one of the
department's nine rooms, each loaded with Apps designed in-house to
entertain, inform and make an emergency trip to the hospital a whole lot
Tea Kaplan recently enjoyed the Packard Children's custom-designed App for the iPad that makes a trip to the Emergency Department easier for parent, patient and medical staff. (Photo: Business Wire)
Bernard Dannenberg, MD, director of pediatric emergency medicine at
Packard Children's, said that distracting his patients from the stress
of their procedure with the iPad's movies, music, games and books has a
tangible medical benefit.
"When the iPad came out in 2010, it was immediately clear to me," said
Dannenberg, who is also the brainchild behind the custom-designed apps.
"I believe one iPad is worth 10 milligrams of morphine."
Parents who have come to the emergency department recently praised the
iPad's addition, which also allows users to go online, print documents,
check their email or even FaceTime with staff, such as a Recreation
Therapy/Child Life Specialist, a Guest Services representative or even
an interpreter if needed.
Recently, an 11-year-old patient came in after suffering with abdominal
pain for six days; she turned out to havean ovarian cyst. Said mom
Hargita Kaplan: "The iPad distracted my daughter from what the doctors
and nurses were doing. It was a little slice of home, and it made
everything more bearable for us."
Another pediatric patient specifically asked for the iPad when she saw
it in the patient room: "The iPad helped her calm down," Tanya Cantu
said about her daughter. "Sometimes the whole emergency room process is
a long one; when a child's not feeling well, the anxiety gets worse."
Colette Case, director of Child & Family Life Services at Packard
Children's, echoes the sentiments of the parents: "We use the iPads for
distraction and for preparing kids for procedures and surgeries. The
iPads are a great form of altered focus; the children can use their
cognitive skills to focus their thoughts away from the painful or
stressful event. The nice thing about the iPad is that it can be a game,
it can be a book and it can also be music."
While many parents may have concerns about their kids plugging into
screens and zoning out-in the emergency department, that tendency has an
entirely beneficial effect.
"When you see the iPad's value in a setting like this," said Case, "you
realize how good it can be for all ages."
The iPad initiative at Packard Children's was made possible by
support from Karen and Ron Johnson, Eric and David Applegate, Blair and
Gerald Stratford, Stanford Hospital and Clinics and the Lucile Packard
Foundation for Children's Health.
About Packard Children's Hospital
Lucile Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford is an internationally
recognized 311-bed hospital, research center and leading regional
medical network providing the full complement of services for the health
of children and expectant mothers. In partnership with the Stanford
University School of Medicine, our world-class doctors and nurses
deliver innovative, family-centered care in every pediatric and
obstetric specialty, tailored to every patient. Packard Children's is
annually ranked as one of the nation's best pediatric hospitals by U.S.
News & World Report and is the only Northern California
children's hospital with specialty programs ranked in the U.S. News Top
10. Learn more about us at www.lpch.org
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