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 Dec 09, 2004 - 07:21 PM - by Michael
* Game Boy Good Before Surgery

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In a variant on gaming not seen before, hospitals have discovered that letting a child play with a Game Boy while waiting for anestesia and surgery significantly reduces their anxiety levels. That's a VERY good thing - so good that some of the physicians are talking about making Game Boys standard equipment.

On average, the Game Boy group showed no increase in anxiety before surgery. But on a standard, 100-point scale for measuring preoperative anxiety, the tranquilizer group jumped 7.5 points and the parents-only group 17.5 points.

Shani Willis, whose 10-year-old daughter Nykia had a cyst removed at the Newark hospital Tuesday, said the girl was nervous until she got a Game Boy. She then relaxed and played with it until she was anesthetized. "It was like she put everything out of her mind," Willis said.

 

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