Cincinnati Children’s steps up game on innovation

When Abby Hess realized there was no effective way to calm a boy who recoiled from an anesthesia mask before surgery at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, she decided to invent one. The nurse practitioner envisioned a video game app played on a tablet computer, which would be controlled by a child breathing into the mask.

The game, which relies on Blue Tooth technology and features an elephant and other animals walking to a zoo, was designed to transform what can be a nightmare into an entertaining way to fall asleep while inhaling anesthetic gas. The animals move with each breath of the child, who nods off after a couple minutes of playing the yet-to-be-named game.

Click here to read the complete article. Story excerpt provided by Cincinnati Business Courier. Written by Barrett J. Brunsman. Originally published June 15, 2018.

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