At Cook Children's, you'll find the best pediatric doctors in North Texas. Our professionals put the health and well-being of your child first and foremost.
Find a Pediatrician Find a Specialist
Cook Children's provides a complete network of care to children across the state of Texas.
Pediatric Offices Specialty Clinics
Medical Center Urgent Care Clinics
Surgery Centers Pharmacy
Home Health Virtual Health
Emergency Rooms NEW Locations
Looking for a pediatric specialty clinic? Cook Children's has more than 60 locations across North Texas, because even when your child's diagnosis is complicated, finding the right care should be simple.
Specialty Clinics Specialty Referrals
Parents know how distracting electronics, like an iPad®, can be for children. In fact, it can be downright frustrating if you're trying to pry one away from them. Cook Children's is taking advantage of that and now has a beneficial use for them – to calm anxious patients prior to surgery.
Before iPads, a sedative called Versed was often the only choice for relieving anxiety. But, like with any drug, some patients can experience adverse side effects. For these patients, we need a safer alternative.
Cook Children's nurses participated in a research study, funded by Westcoast University, which helped prove iPads can be an effective tool in eliminating stress before surgery.
Identifying patients who can benefit from iPad distraction, instead of Versed, is a collaborative effort between our anesthesiologists, nurses and Child Life specialists. After receiving a referral from an anesthesiologist or nurse, a Child Life specialist visits the patient to assess their demeanor.
Fully dressed in surgical scrubs and cap, the Child Life specialist determines if the patient is tearful or might have difficulty separating from the parents. The specialist uses developmentally appropriate tools to walk the patient through the surgery plan. If the patient appears calm and interacts positively, the specialist will recommend the iPad, in place of Versed. The patient can then play on the iPad until the anesthesia takes effect.
The study also showed that patients who use the iPad experienced less post-operative delirium and spent less time in recovery.
"I loved working on this study and being able to see, first-hand, the effects it has had on our patients and families," said Cook Children's Dodson Specialty Clinics Service Coordinator Rebecca Severnak, RN. "It's frustrating, as a nurse and mother, to see parents upset when they can't calm their child due to the effects of medication. Distraction, in place of medication, is a great option for our families."
Your generosity does not go unnoticed by others. It is emulated by those who realize its value to the community. It is revered by those who care for our patients because it enables them to do what they do best. And it is appreciated by every patient and every family who benefits from it.
Thank you from each family, patient, nurse, physician and staff member whose life you will have touched with your generosity.