| GEO Health|
| No Anesthesia, Only DVD Surgeries|
| Updated at: 1240 PST, Sunday, May 09, 2010|
LONDON: Doctors at Gartnavel Hospital in Glasgow have hit upon a novel idea to distract patients undergoing surgery by making them watch DVD movies at the operation table.
Dr Nick Pace, who is the anaesthetist at Gartnavel, said that while patients do recover faster when given local or general anaesthesia, a sizeable number found it to be too stressful and needed to be calmed down after the operation.
The doctors tried to cut down the number of patients opting for anaesthesia by turning on music but found that the patients started to get distracted after listening to the music for some time.
Dr Pace then struck upon the idea of playing movies after a conversation with a friend and asked the engineers at the hospital to build a structure so that the DVD player could be held up over the operating table.