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Virtual reality headsets to help keep intensive care patients at ease

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An ICU patient with one of the headsets. / SUR

  • Keeping patients relaxed during invasive techniques is one of the objectives of this initiative at the Clínico hospital in Malaga city

Patients admitted to the intensive care unit of the Hospital Clínico Virgen de la Victoria in Malaga can now watch movies, series, documentaries or listen to music through virtual reality headsets.

This project, which aims both to serve as entertainment and divert the attention of the patient during invasive techniques is being backed by local companies 3intech and Stega, who have provided equipment and support.

Some patients are already benefiting from the initiative, which started before the pandemic, and which has now been resumed.

Patients usually connect for 40 to 50 minutes to distract themselves while undergoing procedures or simply to relax. Through the headsets they can access movies, documentaries and all kinds of music, as well as series available on the most popular streaming platforms. The kit only needs an internet connection to work.

The deputy director of nursing at the hospital, Pilar Lara, explained that the intensive care unit has been working for years to improve the patient experience through projects such as this one.

The nurse responsible for this initiative, Ángel Ruiz Aguilar, said, “We are now working on an idea that videos from relatives of ICU patients can upload them so that they can be viewed when circumstances allow."