By Diane Burke • 09 June 2021 • 16:23
HOSPITAL CLINICO in Malaga launches a virtual reality program for patients. The Hospital Clínico de Malaga, through its Intensive Medicine service, is carrying out a virtual reality program for patients admitted to this healthcare area and who are awake.
As reported by Malaga Hoy, patients are being given the opportunity to have sensory experiences, through virtual reality glasses, with the technical and logistical support of the Malaga based company 3intech and Stega, which have provided equipment so that the centre can carry out this initiative. The focus of this initiative is to try to distract patients who are admitted to Intensive Care Medicine while they may be undergoing invasive treatments.
Other objectives pursued by this virtual reality program is to serve as entertainment and relaxation from which some patients are already benefiting, which began before the pandemic and has now been resumed. Through these screen glasses, users can access movies, documentaries and all kinds of music. In addition, there are series available on the most popular streaming platforms since these types of devices only need an internet connection to work.
The Deputy Director of Nursing at the Hospital, Pilar Lara, explained that the Intensive Medicine service has been working for years to improve the patient experience through humanization initiatives such as this one, in addition to others already launched, such as improving sleep and rest with the help from eye masks and earplugs, in order to help patients fall asleep easier. “In addition, all patients have digital clocks that help them improve their spatio-temporal orientation, a concept that is easily altered when they enter this type of unit,” added Lara.
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Diane is from Limerick, Ireland and has previously lived in Seville. Having graduated with a Masters in Journalism and Public Relations she has a keen interest in digital media. As well as her passion for news, she enjoys learning about human psychology, practising pilates and has a soft spot for tapas!
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