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Childhood Anxiety Reduction through Innovation and Technology

The CHARIOT team at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford knows that undergoing surgery, anesthesia and procedures can be especially stressful for children. The goal of the program is to implement new technologies in the hospital that are nontraditional yet familiar to children in an effort to engage and distract them during these times. The focus is on taking existing technologies and creating new ones to address the unique needs of individual patients.

The Stanford environment offers a unique opportunity to create a team of physicians, engineers, researchers and child life professionals. The team is currently piloting virtual reality experiences, new tablet-based apps and interactive bedside projector-based games.

Sevo the Dragon

Sevo the Dragon

Sevo the Dragon, an interactive video game developed to take a necessary part of anesthesia—breathing anesthesia medicine through a mask—and transforms it into a fun game.

Learn more about Sevo >

BERT (Bedside Entertainment Theater)

BERT to the rescue: Drs. Rodriguez and Caruso

BERT reduces anxiety for young patients going into surgery. View BERT in action.

Learn more about BERT >

Blaine "The Bullet" and Virtual Reality

BERT to the rescue: Drs. Rodriguez and CarusoPlay

Meet Blaine. He suffered a severe arm injury while racing a go-cart. Using Virtual Reality (VR) allowed Blaine to undergo daily dressing changes without anxiety.

Watch Blaine "The Bullet" using VR >

View BERT, in action

BERT (Bedside Entertainment and Relaxation Theater) rolled out in the hospital’s perioperative unit.