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Breath'n'Dream - Diversion strategy for children during anesthetic induction

Ref-No: TA-6600


The advantage is that anesthesiologists have an easy-to-use tool to treat uncooperative or stressed children before anesthesia without sedatives, which can have side effects. There is minimal need to train medical staff to use the new tool. It is cheap to manufacture and without the need for disposable items, which is environmentally friendly.


Anesthetists around the world work with diversion strategies during anesthetic induction for children. Diversions can greatly increase child comfort and reduce stress symptoms. Anesthesia can be induced intravenously, or anesthetic gas can be inhaled. The latter course requires 30-50 seconds (depending on patient breathing intensity) to take full effect.

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Diversion strategies work well as long as no one touches the child or causes him or her to feel discomfort. Whenever there is discomfort, all known diversion maneuvers cease to function.

Scientists at the University Hospital Bonn have found a new method of complementing existing approaches with gamification strategies and children’s natural curiosity. Children are invited to play a game that requires breathing through a regular anesthetic circuit. The intensity of each breath is converted into an electronic pulse, which is then transmitted by Bluetooth to an app on a tablet or smartphone so that the child can use it to navigate an avatar through a labyrinth or play another age-appropriate game.

While the child plays, the anesthetist employs an inhaled anesthetic gas (sevoflurane), and the child goes to sleep without stress and without even noticing. No such device is currently available anywhere in the world.


  • Affordable manufacture
  • Requires little health personnel training
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Lowers patient anxiety level
  • Reduces medical personnel stress levels

Scope of application

The invention can be used whenever there is anesthetic induction by inhalation and wherever in the world children are anesthetized.


A patent is pending for the Breath’n’Dream. We would be happy to give you an update on the application process. On behalf of the University Hospital Bonn, PROvendis is offering interested companies the opportunity to license and refine the Breath’n’Dream.

PROvendis GmbH

Catherine Hartmann
+49.208 94105-46
Schloßstr. 11-15
45468 Mülheim an der Ruhr

Development status


Patent situation

  • DE pending


Distraction strategy for children, Gamification prior to anesthesia induction

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