The Royal Hospital for Sick Children is one of the latest medical facilities to receive Diversionary Therapy Technologies’ (DTT) groundbreaking ditto(TM) device. Located in Edinburgh, Scotland, the facility is devoted solely to pediatric care and also known as the Royal Hospital for Sick Kids.
The machine was donated to the hospital by The Sick Kids Friends Foundation, which supports the hospital. DTT’s ditto(TM) device uses diversionary therapy to lower anxiety in children prior to and during otherwise painful, traumatic procedures. The concept behind the device is to incorporate the latest research on using distraction and educational techniques simultaneously to reduce stress.
The ditto(TM) uses augmented reality, a multi-modal sensory-based distraction medium, to engage children. Its interactive touch screen, colorful marker keys and response to physical movement distinguish the ditto(TM) from traditional video game systems. The device includes a variety of interactive games, stories and procedural preparation tools. Handheld and waterproof, the ditto(TM) is portable and easy-to-operate for children of all ages.
“We find the ditto(TM) very helpful for diversional therapy as the children pick up the ditto(TM) and are able to use it very quickly after a brief explanation,” says Hilary Taylor, a staff nurse at the hospital. She says that children ages five through eight respond best to the games, while younger children use it with a parent, and enjoy the music, stories and procedural explanations.
The ditto(TM) is proven to reduce stress and anxiety, lower treatment times, and improve patient outcomes. In fact, it was developed with doctors, surgeons, nurses, play specialists, and animation experts over the course of six years. Eight independent randomized clinical trials have proven the efficacy of ditto(TM) and its technology. Fresh content continues to be added to the range of programs available.
Taylor says that approximately 12 to 14 patients are seen daily at the facility, which has been using the ditto(TM) for a few months. The device is used in the plastic dressing clinic on children that experience burns, scalds and other similar injuries.
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