Archive November 2017 XVIII, No. 11

Ideas That Work: Stream Cartoons for Kids on Your Monitors

play movies for kids CARTOONS FOR KIDS With an integrated video-sound system, the OR staff at Lawrence (Mass.) General can play movies for kids on HD monitors controlled by handheld touch screens.

Stream Cartoons for Kids on Your Monitors

Here's another way to put your integrated OR and state-of-the-art HD monitors to good use: play cartoons and movies for kids before surgery to ease their fears. Our monitors are mounted on pivoting booms. Operated by touch-screen technology, the monitors' integrated video/audio systems serve multiple functions, from projecting live video feeds of our scopes to greeting patients with soft music and dim lights. Since May, though, our nurses have also turned them into entertainment centers. Using the same controls we use during surgery, we can stream cartoons and movies for children from the web onto the monitors. With their easy mobility, they swing right to the bedside. It's proven to be a great way to put kids at ease before surgery.

David Spofford, RN
Lawrence (Mass.) General Hospital

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