Archive July 2018 XIX, No. 7

Ideas That Work: Looney Toons

Another Use for Your Big-Screen Monitor

TV Show
WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE TV SHOW? Pediatric patients are more at ease going under anesthesia when they can watch their favorite shows.

We ask our young patients for the TV show or movie they love to watch. We have a 55-inch monitor set up on a rolling cart that's connected to the internet via a laptop. This makes it easy to stream their favorite program in the OR for a few minutes as anesthesia is induced. We make both the big screen and the laptop visible because some children gravitate toward watching the smaller screen. Sometimes, the kids will select musical favorites like current or past Disney films. This can often lead to a whole OR sing-along. We've found that we're able to gain the trust of our young patients and the distraction assists us in preparing the kids for surgery. Once surgery starts, the monitor reverts to its intended use: a 4K surgical imaging system.

Monte Jay Goldstein, MD
Ramapo Valley Surgical Center
Ramsey, N.J.

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