By the age of four, Zeke was already a veteran of the operating room. After losing an eye to the effects of cancer he was already wrestling with PTSD and a strong aversion to surgical procedures. The moment PeDIA’s founder, Diane Miller, heard Zeke’s screams of “No mask, no mask!,” and witnessing his struggles to fight it away, she knew there had to be a better way.
Fully 50% of children experience significant anxiety during mask placement, and many of those children experience adverse behaviors such as aggression, bed-wetting and nightmare as a direct result of that preoperative experience. 25% of those children exhibit those symptoms for six months or more, while 7% of them have symptoms that can last for over a year.
PeDIA resolves the problems of traditional mask induction while fostering a sense of trust and patient satisfaction.
Since a child’s best coping mechanism is play, we’ve incorporated fun and games into induction so there’s no more resisting the “stinky mask.” Play is an effective coping mechanism for children, and provides them a sense of control and dignity. With very little instruction, a child will inhale and exhale through the whistle mouthpiece of the PeDIA device, rewarding them with a pleasant sound as each respiratory cycle inflates and deflates their balloon. Parents are also rewarded with smiles from their child, putting them at ease, and the operating room staff, surgeon, and anesthesia care givers are rewarded with a smooth, inhalation induction.
PeDIA is the perfect solution to address the problems of resistance with mask induction, as well as to increase overall patient and parental satisfaction with the anesthetic experience.
PeDIA is made in America, utilizing quality components and manufactured to the highest specifications.
To create a New Paradigm for pediatric induction of anesthesia.
To ensure every child has a mask-free, stress-free and stellar induction experience.
I began my college career as a student of aerospace engineering. During my sophomore year I had an experience that changed the course of my life: having my wisdom teeth removed. The fear I experienced at the thought of surgery was overwhelming, fears largely influenced by my own childhood memories of mask induction.
Fortunately, a nurse anesthetist named Mike calmly walked me through the anesthetic process, calming my fears and even earning an unexpected laugh. The last thing I remember was Mike wishing me “Sweet dreams”, and I drifted off to sleep.
The experience was so transformative that at the age of 20 I was inspired to change my major, and I’ve never looked back.
Two decades later, I can say without reservation I made the right choice. Every day I have the chance to talk my patients through their questions, calm their fears, and help them experience those same ‘sweet dreams.’
As the inventor of PeDIA, I’m finally marrying those experiences with my background in engineering – and I’m still not looking back!