Virtual reality tech to help pediatric patients manage pain at Montreal hospital
Children undergoing medical procedures at a Montreal hospital have a new tool to help them manage pain and anxiety.
Shriners Hospital for Children-Canada says its new virtual reality (VR) headsets offer patients an escape to another world.
The initiative follows four years of research by a team of nurses who looked at how the interactive technology could be used in hospitals.
It showed 84 per cent of patients who used VR reported having a positive medical experience, according to a release from the hospital.
"This project has already benefitted some one hundred patients undergoing procedures such as inserting IVs, blood collection, Botox injections, cast removals, removal of bone wires and sutures and pre- and post-op bandage changing," said Argerie Tsimicalis, the study’s principal investigator.
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