DITTO eases Brock's pain
BROCK Hinds loves nothing more than cruising on his motorbikes, but this passion has earned the seven-year-old more than his fair share of hospital visits.
While most of his injuries in the past have been minor, the Emerald boy found himself in a new world of pain last week when he came off a four-wheeler at his parent's property, causing a serious injury to his leg.
Fortunately for Brock, he is among the first to be treated with the Rockhampton Hospital's new pain diversion tool.
The Queensland developed device, known as DITTO, is a hand-held electronic device that reduces anxiety-related pain by engaging a child in games, stories and movies, all of which are interactively stimulated under the child's control to distract them during a wide range of medical procedures.
Each DITTO unit costs around $5000 to purchase and Brock's mother Raelene said the device made a difference in keeping Brock comfortable while he was undergoing treatment at the hospital.
"It helps take his mind off the pain. He's had plenty of hospital trips, and he usually gets pretty restless during those, but this one is the most serious injuries he has suffered, and he has been able to deal with it." Member for Rockhampton, Robert Schwarten officially announced the DITTO's introduction to the Rockhampton Hospital yesterday and said he had been interested in the device since he spoke with the developers more than five years ago.