Pärnu Hospital received a hologram device from the Children's Fund of the University of Tartu Hospital (Tartu Ülikooli Kliinikumi Lastefond) as a gift, which displays well-known cartoon characters on the wall and helps children to relieve tension and distract from other activities before anaesthesia.
The purpose of the device is to reduce children's fears and anxieties before undergoing surgery so they do not focus too much on medical procedures. Pärnu Hospital is the first to use this device in the operating room.
Raido Paasma, head of anesthesiology, operative, and intensive care service of Pärnu Hospital, said Pärnu Hospital has been using the device for about two weeks.
"The first feedback has definitely been positive. Instead of watching what the medical staff are doing before anaesthesia, a lot of children have focused on what will be the next exciting event coming out of the hologram device," Paasma said.
A similar device is also available in the neurology department of the Tartu Clinic, and the goal here is also to reduce children's anxiety and fears during procedures. The feedback is also very positive in Tartu.
"Our first focus is on children because, first of all, children are not with their parents, and they are afraid. Usually, an adult can be better guided verbally. They can be reassured quickly but a child often does not want to listen to the doctor. Therefore, the hologram device should attract attention and has a positive outcome," said Paasma.
Editor: Katriin Eikin Sein