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Technology Trumps Sedatives When Relaxing Children Before Anesthesia

According to an article published by Reuters, playing with a tablet could help relax children more than a sedative before undergoing anesthesia. The study, published in the journal Pediatric Anesthesia, gave children ages 1-11 either oral midazolam syrup, which is similar to Valium or Xanax, or an Apple iPad mini to play with before going under for surgery. Researchers found that patients ages 2-11 showed a 14-point decrease in anxiety when given the tablet, and also stayed in the recovery room half as long. Additionally, 81 percent of parents were very satisfied when leaving their children versus 59 percent in the sedative group.

Read the article published by Reuters.

Read the study published in Pediatric Anesthesia.