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iPads for patients undergoing hand surgery

12th September 2011

An anaesthetics assistant at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham had the idea of giving iPads to patients to use during hand surgery.

The practice of giving the devices to patients who are having surgery without anaesthetic is reported to have decreased stress and anxiety for patients. Assistant Mark Leonard said: “I walked into the clinic and looked around at all these people utterly bored to death and said to myself 'what they really need is their own form of entertainment system'. What we’ve found is that pretty much 100% of people feel more relaxed because they forget about the operation; not being able to hear anything is paramount for a lot of people."


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