Immersive media system reduces pre-surgery anxiety

BERT (Bedside Entertainment Theater) is a non-medical technique used at Lucille Packard Children’s Hospital to reduce stress before surgery.  It is meant to be a safer,  entertaining alternative to anti-anxiety drugs, which are often given pre-anesthesia, and could affect the recovery process, or impact developing brains.

BERT is an immersive media experience, consisting of a mobile projector and large plastic screen, which attach to a bed. Patients can choose from a menu of entertainment options, from TV shows to movies to music videos.

The technology is not revolutionary.  However, the drug-free approach is.  ApplySci hopes that the philosophy spreads rapidly.

Click to listen to an NPR interview, with Stanford Hospital’s Jenny Gold, about BERT.