Virtual Reality – A game changer in Pediatric care

Virtual Reality – A game changer in Pediatric care

april 6, 2021 door SyncVR Medical

Being sick and hospitalized can actually be a terrifying, if not utterly traumatic, experience for a child. Nobody likes being in a hospital, and children are no exception. Despite the extra effort that the staff in a pediatric ward puts in and the specially designed clinical spaces, it is often hard to make a child forget that they are in a hospital. Children are conscious of the fact that their normal life has been interrupted abruptly and that they are missing out on big events and family life. They may even begin to be comprehensive about pain, immobility, separation from loved ones, loss of control, and disruption. If a child is to receive an injection, for example, or have the dressing changed on a wound, they may put on a headset to focus their attention away from the painful stimulus and engage in this fun activity instead.

Virtual Reality has an Important Role to Play

With regards to the medical applications of VR, pediatrics is an area that offers tremendous opportunity . As imaginative and inquisitive as children are, the immersive quality of VR is more likely to keep them spellbound than an adult. Children can explore coral reefs, or even walk with dinosaurs from the confines of their hospital beds. They can also feel like they are participating in their favorite activities again or seeing their favorite pet at play. Family events can be filmed in 360 ° and then viewed through VR, so children can have a ‘real’ feel of being part of the event when compared with just looking at photos or videos. These possibilities make VR a very important tool, not only to improve a child’s quality of stay in the hospital but also to  augment the healing process .

VR helps Parents too

A child’s illness can be a testing time for parents too, and for that matter the whole family. Families are psychologically vulnerable after the hospitalization of a child. The associated stress can manifest as symptoms of depression and anxiety. In extreme cases, parents can develop post-traumatic stress symptoms (PTSS), which can in turn negatively impact their ability  to care for the child. Therefore, relieving distress in parents is an important healthcare objective as well.

SyncVR Medical builds on these concepts to bring an innovative VR solution for children in hospitals. The SyncVR Relax & Distract application library contains relaxation exercises, cognitive stimulating games and videos. This application comes with a tablet on which you can spectate what a patient is seeing in the VR headset.