Capitalizing on the undeniable relationship between youth and technology, many hospitals now provide iPads as a method of distraction during medical procedures. Playing games on the iPad helps distract many children from painful procedures they would otherwise not tolerate without sedation. Watching movies on the iPad quiets kids during MRIs, therefore also avoiding the need for sedation.
Distraction and minimizing pain during procedures exemplify ways of incorporating trauma-informed care into pediatric medicine. Any trauma-informed care interventions healthcare providers can implement to reduce the impact of difficult or frightening medical events helps children and families cope better with their injury or illness. Technology's, such as the iPad, unique ability to captivate youth makes it a powerful tool to lessen the traumatic experiences often found within a hospital.
Does your hospital utilize technology as a way to distract kids from painful procedures?