“The Use of Virtual Reality to Reduce Anxiety and Pain in Perioperative Settings”
We will investigate whether the use of Virtual Reality (VR) preoperatively and intraoperatively can help treat pain and anxiety, as measured by patient feedback, vital signs trends, and the amounts of anesthetics, pain medications and anxiolytics used during surgical procedures. The VR intervention will be studied during short hand surgeries normally performed using local anesthesia and sedation.
Virtual Reality Distraction
This RCT will utilize an Oculus Go VR headset that delivers VR images and sound. Users will wear the VR headset. A research coordinator will familiarize patients with hardware before use. The VR will be used preoperatively and intraoperatively to distracts patients, and aid with the treatment of pain and anxiety.
The Use of Virtual Reality to Reduce Anxiety and Pain in Perioperative Settings