N.C. – Oct. 20, 2015 – Patients at Brenner Children’s Hospital,
part of Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center,
will have extra help and attention in their care and recovery thanks to new
technology and the generosity of others.
Both a robot and a 3-D sensory unit will help these young
patients feel less overwhelmed when it comes to the medical conditions and
procedures they face.
Brenner Robot arrived this month and is programmed with
cognitive-behavioral strategies to coach patients through painful or stressful
procedures. The 2-foot-tall, 11-pound robot can also speed recovery after
surgery by motivating children to get out of bed. Brenner can be used for
education, presentations and entertainment and plans to sing to patients on their
Brenner is a MEDi Robot made by RxRobots. Brenner
Children’s is the first children’s hospital in the country to have a MEDi Robot
available to use with all patients as needed. Brenner even has his own employee
ID badge just like the rest of Wake Forest Baptist’s staff.
The MEDi Robot at Brenner Children’s was made possible by
a donation from the Kurtz Family Foundation, which is based in Lewisville,
N.C., and has a long history of support for Brenner Children’s. Arthur Kurtz
and his wife, Suzy, saw the MEDi Robot in a television news segment as it was
being used in Canada and wanted to help bring the technology to Brenner
Known as alternative focus technologies, both the robot
and 3-D sensory unit relax patients and offer them a calming environment in what
can be a medically overwhelming time for children.
Created by Amazing Interactives, the portable 3D
Interactive V-pod Sensory Unit projects images accompanied by soothing music
throughout an exam or procedure room. During procedures, children can fly with
birds and butterflies or take a hot air balloon ride with a hippo. These young
patients can simply enjoy the interactive 3D effects or control them with the
help of additional hand-held devices.
The V-pod was made possible through the efforts of
Christin Siscoe, assistant nurse manager at Brenner Children’s who requested
the device on Anddit. A new crowdfunding website, Anddit puts those in need in
touch with others who are willing to provide help.
Just a day after Siscoe posted on Anddit, she was
contacted by Joey McMahon the founder and CEO of The Monday Life, a national
non-profit organization that works to improve the environment inside children’s
hospitals. With funding from The Monday Life and other donors on Anddit, Siscoe
raised enough funds to purchase the device.
McMahon and the V-pod’s inventor
plan to deliver the device to Brenner Children’s later this month.
Video of the robot and VPOD system are available for download.