Arizona Burn Center Awarded Grant from Avnet for ditto™ for Children
Clinically proven device reduces anxiety, lowers treatment time and improves
NEW YORK, Dec. 24, 2012
NEW YORK, Dec. 24, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --Arizona Burn Center at Maricopa
Medical Center will now be using Diversionary Therapy Technologies' (DTT)
innovative ditto™ device for pediatric patients in their Burn Unit. Avnet,
Inc. awarded sponsorship of the ditto device to Maricopa Health Foundation in
November and the gift was recently deployed.
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"At Avnet, our charitable giving goals support children's issues, education
and technology. Supporting the Maricopa Health Foundation request for funding
for the ditto™ device, which is an interactive technology than can help
children understand their medical procedures and reduce their anxiety, was an
easy decision for us. Burn Centers provide critical services for patients
during a time that can be very traumatic, so making this grant to the
Pediatric Department at the Arizona Burn Center is even more
rewarding,"stated Teri Radosevich, Vice President - Community Relations at
DTT's ditto™ device incorporates the latest research that using distraction
and educational techniques simultaneously lowers stress and anxiety prior to
or during a procedure. This advancement draws upon augmented reality, a
multi-modal sensory-based distraction medium that combines technology and
therapy. Using an interactive touch screen, colorful marker keys and an
automatic response to physical movement, the ditto™ engages patients,
effectively averting their attention from a possibly negative experience.
"We are excited to incorporate the ditto™ into our patient care routine," said
Ruth B. Rimmer, PhD, Developmental Psychologist at the facility. "Using the
ditto™ to ease anxiety in pediatric patients is not only helping to improve
the child's long-term outcome but helpful to clinicians so they can best
perform a procedure."
The ditto™ looks a lot like a traditional video game console and includes a
variety of interactive games, stories and procedural preparation tools. The
handheld, waterproof device is portable and easy-to-operate for children of
all ages. Unlike commercial video game devices, ditto™ is proven to reduce
stress and anxiety, lower treatment times, and improve patient outcomes.
Lori LeSueur, a Child Life Specialist at the Arizona Burn Center explained,
"The ditto™ offers a quality combination of education, engaging games, and
appealing stories to enhance children's understanding and coping with the
hospital stay." She adds, "The easy navigation of this device, by children
and adults alike, in both wet and dry procedural environments make it an asset
to any facility. It is an unparalleled tool in pediatric patient care."
Doctors, surgeons, nurses, play specialists, and animation teams developed the
ditto™ over the course of six years and subjected it to more than eight
independent clinical trials that have demonstrated its effectiveness. New
procedures, games and stories are continuously being added to the range of
programs available, as DTT continues to work with experts to establish fresh
About Diversionary Therapy Technologies
Diversionary Therapy Technologies is a global company headquartered in
Australia that masterminded the development of ditto™portable device. DTT
worked with The Royal Children's Hospital, Brisbane, to create the handheld,
waterproof device that is used prior to and during painful medical procedures
to reduce children's anxiety. Learn more at www.dtt-usa.com.
About Arizona Burn Center at Maricopa Medical Center
The Arizona Burn Center was founded by Dr. MacDonald Wood in 1965, and has
grown from a few beds set aside for burn care, to our current, specialized
unit of 37 beds, expandable to 47 of which 19 can be used for intensive care,
if necessary. The Burn Center serves all of Arizona and receives patients from
many surrounding states and Northern Mexico. This makes the Arizona Burn
Center the second largest in North America. More information can be found at
About Maricopa Health Foundation
The Maricopa Health Foundation is a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization and an
integral part of the culture, care and service at Maricopa Integrated Health
System. The mission of Maricopa Health Foundation is to provide philanthropic
support of Maricopa Integrated Health System programs, education, research and
capital improvement projects that advance patient welfare and improve health
care in the community. More information can be obtained at
About Avnet, Inc.
Avnet, Inc. (NYSE:AVT), a Fortune 500 company, is one of the largest
distributors of electronic components, computer products and embedded
technology serving customers globally. Avnet accelerates its partners' success
by connecting the world's leading technology suppliers with a broad base of
customers by providing cost-effective, value-added services and solutions. For
the fiscal year ended June 30, 2012, Avnet generated revenue of $25.7 billion.
For more information, visit www.avnet.com.
SOURCE Diversionary Therapy Technologies
Contact: Linda Peterson, Communications Manager, +1-518-320-2523,
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