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Breakthrough device reduces pain and cuts health costs

A better understanding of anxiety management for children undergoing medical treatment and procedures has seen Diversionary Therapy Technologies (DTT) transform promising university research into practical, usable commercial devices.

The result is Ditto, a multimedia hand-held tablet which engages, distracts and comforts children through interactive digital play to help them understand what’s happening during a clinical procedure.  

Ditto helps children understand what’s happening during a clinical procedure.

With a touch screen and motion sensors, Ditto is intuitive to use and allows the child to control the scene, while also educating them about the medical or dental procedure.  Clinical trials have proven a reduction of 75% in pain, 30% in treatment time and 20% in healing time. This equates to a reduced healing time average of 3 days—which delivers a huge cost and community benefit to the health system by reducing nursing staff time and improving productivity. 

During the collaboration between DTT and Professor Roy Kimble at the Stuart Pegg Paediatric Burns and Trauma Service, Royal Children’s Hospital, it became apparent that Ditto would be a vital solution to help reduce pre-procedure anxiety in children between the ages of three and fourteen.  This would benefit the patient, parents and clinicians simultaneously. 

There are in excess of 300 Ditto devices currently in use throughout Queensland hospitals. Ditto devices can also be found in use nation-wide, in New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the USA.

Ditto trial units are being rotated throughout Australia and are available for ongoing clinic trials.

Find out more about the clinical trials.

The dittoTM medical device has been the recipient of international awards, with the latest being the "Excellence in Supply Award for Innovation - Clinical" in 2015, awarded by the National Health Service (NHS) of England

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Last updated
18 July, 2017

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