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Thursday, June 27, 2013 6:43
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Clinically proven device reduces anxiety, lowers treatment time and improves patient outcomes

New York, NY (MMD Newswire) June 27, 2013 — Arrowhead Regional Medical Center in Colton, CA will now be using Diversionary Therapy Technologies’ (DTT) innovative ditto™ lite device for their pediatric patients in the burn unit. Children’s Burn Foundation awarded sponsorship of the ditto device to the hospital last week. This is the first donation since Children’s Burn Foundation and DTT joined together in a partnership earlier this year to improve the quality of patient care by use of an interactive device used to minimize the stress and trauma associated with burn injury treatment. The device, the ditto™ lite, uses pre-procedural preparation and diversionary therapy to reduce anxiety in children prior to and during otherwise stressful or painful procedures.

“We were excited to begin our partnership with Diversionary Therapy Technologies because the ditto™ gives us a wonderful tool to help support recovery for child burn survivors. And Arrowhead Regional Medical Center was a logical choice for us to begin our placements. They are a Level II trauma center and their burn unit serves three counties in our backyard. We are also pleased to be looking at several other awards in the near future and continuing to work with DTT, ” says Carol Horvitz, Executive Director of the Children’s Burn Foundation.

Children Burn’s Foundation provides support services for child burn survivors, ages 0-18 and their families, as well as burn prevention and fire safety education to thousands of children and caregivers in Southern California, nationally, and internationally. 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 and an automatic response to physical movement, the ditto™ engages patients, effectively averting their attention from a possibly negative experience.

The ditto™ may look like a traditional video game console or tablet; however it is far from it. Ditto™ includes a variety of custom specific interactive procedural preparation, games and stories that are clinically tested and proven to reduce stress and anxiety by 75% (no drugs), lower treatment times and improve patient outcomes. And is ruggedized and built for the clinical environment unlike a standard tablet or video game device.

Doctors, surgeons, nurses, child life specialists, and animation teams developed DTT’s content over the course of six years. There are now 8 independent clinical trials that have been published regarding the efficacy of the ditto device. New procedures, games and stories are continuously being added to the range of programs available.

ditto diversionary therapy technologies

About Diversionary Therapy Technologies

Diversionary Therapy Technologies is a global company headquartered in Australia that developed the 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 about their expanded product line and research at

Children's Burn Foundation

About Children’s Burn Foundation

Children’s Burn Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing support services for child burn survivors, ages 0-18 and their families, as well as burn prevention and fire safety education to thousands of children and caregivers in Southern California, nationally, and internationally. Since 1985, the mission is to prevent the pain and trauma of burn injuries to children, and to heal and give children who have suffered severe burns the opportunity to reach their full potential. What sets the Children’s Burn Foundation apart is their concern with the Full Recovery of a child burn survivor, addressing not only their physical needs, but their psychological, emotional and social recovery as well. For additional information, please visit

Children’s Burn Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization and relies on the generosity of donors. All donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent permitted by law.

About Arrowhead Medical Regional Center

Arrowhead Regional Medical Center is a state-of-the-art 456-bed facility featuring the newest technology in the field of patient care. The Medical Center is the host to a 24-hour Emergency Department, Level II Trauma Center, three Family Health Centers and the only Burn Center serving San Bernardino, Riverside, Inyo and Mono counties. More information can be found at


Linda Peterson

Communications Manager




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