We engage children in imaginative play, minimizing their attention to stressful stimuli. As our program grows, we are emerging as a national leader of creative innovations in the enhancement of the pediatric patient experience.
We treat each child like our own, tailoring interactive experiences to meet the unique needs of individual patients.
The Samsung Gear VR, Occulus Rift, and other virtual reality headsets are among the medically nontraditional technologies we use to capture our patients’ imaginations and draw attention away from stressful stimuli.
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“As soon as the video begins, Matthew is completely immersed as Rodriguez unlocks the bed to take him to the operating room. This is often the worst moment for kids — the moment of separation from their parents — but Matthew hardly seems to notice as his father kisses him goodbye.”
They called it BERT, short for Bedside Entertainment Theater. It looks high-tech, but the whole thing costs about $900 to build. Lucile Packard now has 10 BERT units across the hospital. They’re used before surgery, of course, and also to calm kids who are at the hospital to get radiation therapy or MRI.
We provide a highly immersive experience through Virtual Reality. Upon putting on the headset, your child will be whisked away to a whole new world. VR has been shown to decrease anxiety and pain in even some of our most worried patients. Our goal is to take a personalized approach by adapting and creating technologies specific to each child’s needs.
The Sevo the Dragon game is in its early stages of rollout in the perioperative unit, but it is already making a big impact. “The game travels with the patient as he or she is wheeled from pre-op to the OR,” Caruso explains. “Maintaining distraction during this moment helps mitigate the natural feelings of stress that patients feel as they say goodbye to their family members and move into the surgical setting.”
“I felt great knowing my son was calm thanks to the projector/movie! This is amazing work with incredible workers. Keep it up Lucile Packard!”
“My son just experienced this for the first time last week – it was fantastic!!! It was far from his first surgery, but it was the first time that he went under general anesthesia without having me present… he seemed so relaxed and entertained, relatively speaking, as he was rolled out of the room with the entertainment system playing and the docs and nurses distracting him, all checking out what was happening on the screen in front of him. He never once looked back at us. Really so reassuring, for us and him. Bravo to its creators and LPCH! Totally awesome.”
“They were amazing! My son has had many MRIs and this was the best time. The countdown movie on the ceiling was so great. Very happy that you guys installed it. Made it all a lot easier for us.”