Video games calm kids before surgery

By Derek Sooman on December 30, 2004, 3:04 PM
The next time you are going to the dentist, or undergoing something unpleasant in your doctor's surgery or a hospital, don't forget your Game Boy! Apparently, letting children play video games on a Game Boy in the operating room before undergoing surgery can help relax them better than tranquilizers.

Doctors found that allowing children a few minutes to play the games reduced their anxiety until the anesthesia took effect.

"We find that the children are just so happy with the Game Boy that they actually do forget where they are."
- Dr. Anu Patel, an anesthesiologist at University Hospital in Newark.

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