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Like Snapchat from the operating room, new app eases anxiety for patient families

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STS member, Dr. Pirooz Eghtesady, chief cardiothoracic surgeon at St. Louis Children’s Hospital, has spent years trying to figure out how to make the operating room more accessible to his patients and their families. He finally found the answer in a smartphone app, EASE, now available for every heart surgery at St. Louis Children’s Hospital.  The new app, which works likes Snapchat in that it displays the information for only a short period of time, allows families to receive video, text, and photo updates from the surgical staff while their child is in surgery.

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