Sunday, April 19, 2009

Pedisedate - A High Tech Solution for Pediatric Sedation

I just stumbled across this device and was stunned that such a thing existed. The idea is a nitrous oxide delivery system that connects to a Nintendo Gameboy handheld gaming system. The child can play video games while waiting for the nitrous to take effect of while awaiting a hospital surgical procedure.

Obviously it's easier to get adults to hold still for extended periods of time than the little ones. This allows the kids to occupy themselves while waiting. Not only is it a nice way to distract pediatric patients, it also has a pulse-oximeter within the headset as well as a capnometer to monitor respiratory rate.

Geoffrey Hart, M.D. the company’s founder, recognized the need to reduce the anxiety and fear in children undergoing medical treatment. Dr Hart believed that if the hospital or dental experience for the child could be made “fun”, then appointments would take less time to complete.

I have no info on price, but the company website has lots of information.


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