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Virtual Reality Gear May Reduce Need for Additional Sedation

11 months ago
Virtual Reality Gear May Reduce Need for Additional Sedation

Less Sedation

A recent study performed at New Your Presbyterian Hospital by Dr. Lukas Pichler has shown that using audiovisual reality devices to distract the patient resulted in a significant reduction in supplemental sedation.  This is important as sedation can sometimes be associated with side effects such as delirium, airway obstruction or other breathing issues.  This technique worked well in patients undergoing outpatient knee arthroscopy.


Great for High Risk  

They were so pleased with the outcomes they hope to begin using these techniques in patients who have sleep apnea or are morbidly obese.  In the future don’t be surprised if you are offered your own virtual reality gear when you go into the operating room for some outpatient surgery.  Don’t forget to ask your anesthesia provider about this.


Using audiovisual reality devices to distract the patient resulted in a significant reduction in supplemental sedation.



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