In Catharina Hospital, patients wear Virtual Reality (VR) glasses during unpleasant treatments. As a pilot project, Catharina Hospital is the first hospital that introduced the glasses in multiple departments.
With the VR glasses, patients can experience being in a different reality during a painful treatment. The patient can choose a preferred programme: from a tour in a historic city to a relaxation exercise in a fairytale forest. These programmes provide some distraction, so treatment is less painful and stressful for the patient.
VR glasses are being increasingly used in the medical world, especially for the treatments that cause a lot of anxiety. Emmie Verhoef is happy with the new approach. “I never expected the effect to be so great. I used to faint during treatment because I was so scared. Now I could really be in a different world for a while.”
Editor: Melinda Walraven