The whirlwind of surgeries, medicines, and machines can be scary for kids in the hospital. Pediatric hospitals have come up with a variety of anxiety-reducing techniques. Clinicians dress up as superheroes, volunteers read books, and, recently, providers at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital created Bedside Entertainment Theaters (BERTs). Originally developed by a pediatric anesthesiologist in his garage, BERTs project cartoons and videos onto a large screen, for a full immersive experience before a patient enters surgery.
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