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Virtual Reality Could Reduce Pain In Children

Motion graphics could be used to help children cope with painful procedures in hospital, a new study has shown.

Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford’s have embarked on groundbreaking scheme that involves the use of virtual reality technology in children while they are having procedures carried out. These have included everything from having IV lines put in, having blood taken, receiving injections, through to using them for minor operations.

Veronica Tuss, who works there told Howstuffworks: “If I’m preparing a child for their very first IV, and they share with me that they don’t want to see what’s happening procedurally, I know I need a distraction that is visually engaging. With VR, an often-intimidating setting suddenly becomes this really cool thing or place that they get to explore.”

She said the impact could even go as far as turning a negative experience into a positive one.

Stanford isn’t the first to use virtual reality to help children improve their experiences at hospital, but it is the first time it has gone mainstream.

Back in 2015, Dr Sam Rodriguez and Dr Thomas Caruso created the Children’s Childhood Anxiety Reduction through Innovation and Technology (CHARIOT) program, which allows children to watch animations and music videos on their way to, and in the operating theatre.

Similarly Sevo the Drago was launched this year, and provides a game for children to play while they are being anaesthetised.

These, alongside other animations and games are making sure an entire generation of children can grow up without being afraid of going into hospital.


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