Miami Children's Hospital Receives Donation of 10 New I-pads

Published on: 09/13/2012
Children recovering from various operations and treatments at Nicklaus Children's Hospital can now spend their time playing games, watching movies or listening to lullabies on brand new iPads, thanks to an anonymous donor.
Dr. Chad Perlyn, plastic surgeon at Nicklaus Children's Hospital and co-chair of the Miami Children’s Young Ambassadors, a group of young leaders that enact change for the betterment of children, was speaking at a Miami Children's Health Foundation fundraising meeting on how powerful the effects of technology can be for children in recovery. Within a matter of weeks of the July 2012 meeting, 10 brand new iPads arrived at MCH. 
“When children are recovering from surgery, they are often confused and disoriented, so medications are often administered to promote relaxation. This can make the recovery process longer,” says Dr. Perlyn. “Caregivers in the post-surgical units are experts in the art of pain relief and creative distraction of patients. The iPads have proven to be an irresistible tool and great patient satisfier,” he said.

The devices are not only popular among patients in recovery, physicians and nurses at Nicklaus Children's Hospital also feel that these electronic devices enable patients to take their minds off of their illnesses enough to minimize the use of pain medication. Parents and families usually find their loved ones smiling with the iPads in the recovery room. 
“The use of electronics has taught nurses that there is more than one way to help a patient,” says Ana Bonet, clinical educator at Nicklaus Children's Hospital.  “Technology helps us think outside the box in terms of pain management and allows us to visit other strategies in pain reduction,” she says. 

Whether the patient is a young toddler or even a teenager, the iPads offer age-appropriate entertainment for all types of patients.  As soon as the iPads were put to use, Dr. Perlyn says the difference was night and day. “There is no question that our recovery room is now a much warmer and more comforting environment for the patients. It was a nice way for the Young Ambassadors to give back to the hospital,” he said.
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Founded in 1950 by Variety Clubs International, Nicklaus Children’s Hospital is South Florida’s only licensed specialty hospital exclusively for children, with approximately 800 attending physicians, including more than 500 pediatric subspecialists. The 309-bed hospital, known as Miami Children’s Hospital from 1983 through 2014, is renowned for excellence in all aspects of pediatric medicine with many specialty programs routinely ranked among the best in the nation by U.S. News & World Report since 2008. In the 2022-2023 U.S. News ranking, the hospital tied with two other hospitals as the number one children’s hospital in Florida. The hospital is also home to the largest pediatric teaching program in the southeastern United States and since 2003 has been designated an American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Magnet facility, the nursing profession’s most prestigious institutional honor. For more information, please visit

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