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VR helping kids escape during medical procedures

1 September 2021

Nine-year-old Sam Cruse is one of more than 50 paediatric patients to use a new set of virtual reality goggles designed specially for the hospital environment.

CIU NUM Darren Hassen said the goggles, purchased a couple of months ago, were making a huge difference to little patients requiring medical procedures who were scared and nervous of what was going on.

"The kids can choose a great variety of scenes based on their age and their interests.

"There are also specific scenes that help them focus on breathing if they are being given happy gas and one where they can see their arm in VR to help us insert a needle or cannula."

Paediatric CNC Rachel Teis said the goggles had also been given to some parents to put on to help them calm down.

"It's the best thing we've ever had."

Sam's mum Bridie said she couldn't agree more.

"He was a bit nervous about having the drip but the minute he put on the goggles he was completely distracted," she said. "He just loves it."

Last updated 1 September 2021
Last reviewed 1 September 2021

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