Virtual Reality in the Emergency Department - The Zaans Medical Center

Virtual Reality in the Emergency Department of the Zaans Medical Center, read all about the application of VR for patient distraction during medical emergency procedures. Resulting in better care delivery and a more relaxed procedure.


Virtual Reality in the Emergency Department of the Zaans Medical Center, The Netherlands. Picture: Roy Janssen.

“Virtual Reality distraction allows for more comfort during blood draw in pediatrics, reducing the fear of the procedure.”

The interest in Virtual Reality

Virtual Reality (VR) in the emergency department (ED) of the Zaans Medical Center. The implementation of VR all started with the enthusiasm of Roy Janssen about the use of VR in healthcare. As part of his emergency nurse education program, he investigated the application of VR for distraction patients during minor medical procedures in the ED.


Virtual Reality in practice

The VR headset is used during medical procedures such as stitching, blood draw or when applying plasters or dressings. Patients are informed about use of the VR headset via posters in the waiting room and can ask for them during their treatment. Caregivers can also introduce it when feeling like a patient may benefit from it. During minor medical emergency procedures patients can watch various environments with SyncVR Relax & Distract (CE certified). Whilst receiving care, patients are distracted with, for example, a video of dolphins or playing a safari game.


Results and implementation

In the study, patients were asked to complete a questionnaire including questions about pain experience, ease of use, and whether they would recommend it to others. Whereas younger patients were excited, not all elderly patients were, because of their inexperience with VR technologies.


Especially for blood draw, distraction with VR allows for more comfort in pediatrics, reducing the fear of the procedure. A major benefit mentioned by caregivers is that in comparison with distraction via YouTube videos, the patient is moving less when using VR. Use of VR headsets resulted in a more relaxed procedure and better care delivery.

The VR headsets result in a more relaxed procedure and better care delivery.

Future

VR is already successfully used in the ED, so what is next? The department is currently investigating even more applications of VR for their patients. Whereas VR is already offered during minor procedures, they are considering using it in more complex emergency interventions. So perhaps, VR applications will be stretched out, helping even more patients.



Virtual Reality in the Emergency Department of the Zaans Medical Center, The Netherlands. Picture: Roy Janssen.




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