Navigation Links
Virtual game helps children escape realities of burn unit
Date:10/9/2007

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Nurses and physicians at Nationwide Childrens Hospital are using the latest technology to help young burn victims endure the extreme pain of dressing changes and wound care. Instead of traditional distraction devices, such as books and music, Nationwide Childrens Hospital Burn Center is now using virtual reality games to distract patients while nurses attend to the patients burn wounds.

Its long been known that the actual treatment for a burn is far worse than the actual injury. Initially, the wound has to be cleaned and the dressing applied, and that can be a very painful and lengthy procedure, said Dr. Catherine Butz, PhD, a psychologist at Nationwide Childrens Hospital and an Assistant Professor at The Ohio State University College of Medicine.

Following this initial treatment, patients must endure subsequent wound care procedures, some of which can be both extensive and painful, depending on the extent of the burn. During these procedures, anxiety often plays a major role in the patients pain level.

Research shows a very strong connection between anxiety and pain, said Dr. Butz. Distraction does a great job in decreasing any kind of anxiety that might be associated with the anticipated procedures, so by distracting patients and keeping anxiety at a minimum, procedures tend to go much more smoothly and be much less painful for the child.

The device, made possible by a donation from the Aladdin Shriners Hospital Association for Children, allows patients to escape into a computer-generated world complete with its own environment, creatures and sounds. Patients wear a virtual reality helmet, and once in this new world, they interact in the virtual environment with the help of child life specialists, trained to assist kids through stressful medical treatments.

Since Nationwide Childrens Hospital began using the device in May 2007, it has already resulted in positive feedback from burn patients. Burn nurses report several patients have noticeably improved in terms of their ability to tolerate dressing changes.

In order to better understand the effect on pain, doctors at Nationwide Childrens have launched a study to compare the results of virtual reality pain distraction with traditional distraction techniques, such as watching television, listening to music, counting and deep breathing. Patients will be randomly assigned to receive virtual reality or another pain distraction technique. Following the procedure, they will be asked to gauge their level of pain on a scale of zero to 10. The study will also assess the perspectives of parents and nurses in terms of the childs pain and level of distress.

The burn programs goal is to be able to better engage the child in a distraction activity which will hopefully have a beneficial affect on the procedure. An added benefit for patients may be a decrease in the amount of pain and anxiety medications needed. However doctors point out that pain is a very individual experience, and the benefits of virtual reality distraction as well as the level of medication must be determined on a case by case basis.


'/>"/>
Contact: Marti Leitch
mleitch@mediasourcetv.com
614-932-9950
Columbus Children's Hospital
Source:Eurekalert

Related medicine news :

1. New virtual colonoscopy procedure for easier colon screening
2. Stanford Medical Center Implements The First Virtual Cardiac Ultrasound
3. Virtual Colonoscopy May Be Better Than Real-time Colonoscopy
4. Virtual Reality For Treating Stress Disorders
5. Hip Replacement Can Now Be Performed On Virtual Patients
6. Virtual Reality Simulation Could Help In Training Surgeons
7. New Studies Show The Efficacies Of Virtual Realities Vis-à-vis Pai
8. Virtual Meeting Place Unites Patients with Brain Tumors and Neurosurgical Disorders
9. Virtual Colonoscopy in Colorectal Cancer Prevention and Screening
10. The Tech Savvy Patient Knocks on the Doors of Telemedicine and Virtual Clinics
11. Virtual Colonoscopy is Most-effective for Screening Colon Cancer
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:5/25/2016)... ... May 25, 2016 , ... ... seen a significant spike in their clients' employee participation for their wellness initiatives. ... screening by implementing a high-deductible health plan with outcome-based deductible incentives. As a ...
(Date:5/25/2016)... Jersey (PRWEB) , ... May 25, 2016 , ... ... technology firm will be selling the device branded as Stern’s Real Time Monitoring ... geared to bedbugs to the hotel and motel industry, colleges for use in dormitories, ...
(Date:5/24/2016)... ... May 24, 2016 , ... PhishLine, the best-in-class, enterprise ... company as Vice President of Sales. Cifolelli’s primary responsibilities include management of ... the rapidly expanding field of organizational social engineering. , “We are delighted ...
(Date:5/24/2016)... ... ... Jericho Project has named LaToya Williams-Belfort to the position of Chief Development and Communications ... the nationally-acclaimed nonprofit, working closely with CEO Tori Lyon and the Board of Directors ... , “LaToya Williams-Belfort is joining Jericho at an exciting time of growth and ...
(Date:5/24/2016)... , ... May 24, 2016 , ... How to Write ... Raleigh, NC, http://www.fdanews.com/humanerrordrugdevice , Human error is known to be the major ... human error will ever be totally eliminated, many human performance problems can be prevented. ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:5/25/2016)... , May 25, 2016 ... the precision of circulating tumour DNA (ctDNA) analysis ... the appointment of Professor Clive Morris ... leadership across the clinical development programme, scientific collaborations, ... help deliver significant improvements in clinical outcomes for ...
(Date:5/24/2016)... , May 24, 2016 ... Markt gebracht, die es Ärzten erlaubt, ihre Expertise ... behandeln: MDLinking kombiniert Live Streaming mit einer Instant-Messaging-Funktion ... zu kommunizieren. Mediziner in Europa, Afrika, Asien und ... bereits für die Plattform registriert. Information ...
(Date:5/24/2016)... , May 24, 2016 ... beide primären Endpunkte und demonstriert ... in ‚ausgezeichneter plus guter , ...    ,      (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20130829/633895-a ... heute neue positive Daten von der MORA-Studie der ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: