Packard Children’s Hospital providing iPads for young patients
TweetFollow Us on Twitter

Packard Children’s Hospital providing iPads for young patients


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 less stressful.

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," says 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 have an 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," 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.

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.

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.

Photo: 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)

 
AAPL
$126.37
Apple Inc.
+3.12
GOOG
$552.03
Google Inc.
+3.69
MSFT
$40.96
Microsoft Corporation
-0.01
MacNews Search:
Community Search:
view counter

view counter
view counter
view counter
view counter
view counter
view counter

Pie In The Sky: A Pizza Odyssey (Games)
Pie In The Sky: A Pizza Odyssey 1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $2.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: A game about delivering pizza. In space. | Read more »
Android's Popular OfficeSuite Now A...
Once only available for Android devices, OfficeSuite has finally landed on the app store. The Mobile Systems app lets you view, edit, create, and share Word, Excel, and PowerPoint documents as well as convert them to/from PDFs. It's touted as being like having a desktop on your phone. OfficeSuite supports Google Drive, Dropbox, Box, OneDrive, and... | Read more »
Fast & Furious: Legacy's Creati...
| Read more »
N-Fusion and 505's Ember is Totally...
| Read more »
These are All the Apple Watch Apps and G...
The Apple Watch is less than a month from hitting store shelves, and once you get your hands on it you're probably going to want some apps and games to install. Fear not! We've compiled a list of all the Apple Watch apps and games we've been able to find so far. Games Rules! By TheCodingMonkeys App Store Description: RULES! is a cute puzzle game... | Read more »
Appy to Have Known You - Lee Hamlet Look...
Being at 148Apps these past 2 years has been an awesome experience that has taught me a great deal, and working with such a great team has been a privilege. Thank you to Rob Rich, and to both Rob LeFebvre and Jeff Scott before him, for helping me to grow as a writer and for giving me the opportunity to write about what I love: playing innovative... | Read more »
Hands-On With Allstar Heroes - A Promisi...
Let’s get this out of the way quickly. Allstar Heroes looks a lot like a certain other recent action RPG release, but it turns out that while it’s not yet available here, Allstar Heroes has been around for much longer than that other title. Now that copyright row is out of the way, I can say that Allstar Heroes seems pretty fun. It’s not out here... | Read more »
Macho Man and Steve Austin Join the Rank...
WWE Immortals, by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and WWE, has gotten a superstar update. You'll now have access to Macho Man Randy Savage and Steve Austin. Both characters have two different versions: Macho Man Randy Savage Renegade or Macho King, and Stone Cold Steve Austin Icebound Watcher or Texas Rattlesnake. | Read more »
Fearless Fantasy is Fantastic for the iF...
I actually had my first look at Fearless Fantasy last year at E3, but it was on a PC so there wasn't much for me to talk about. But now that I've been able to play with a pre-release version of the iOS build, there's quite a bit for me to talk about. | Read more »
MLB Manager 2015 (Games)
MLB Manager 2015 5.0.14 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $4.99, Version: 5.0.14 (iTunes) Description: Guide your favorite MLB franchise to glory! MLB Manager 2015, officially licensed by MLB.com and based on the award-winning Out of the Park Baseball series, is the most fun and realistic baseball game ever created for... | Read more »
All contents are Copyright 1984-2010 by Xplain Corporation. All rights reserved. Theme designed by Icreon.