If you had reduced Virtual reality for gamers only, well, time to wake up!
Doctors in Toronto are actively using VR in health care that too only one lab in Canada has taken the lead called the Collaborative Human Immersive and Interactive Lab (CHISIL).
They have tested the technology on more than 200 patients, using the immersive experience to eliminate the fear of unknown.
They doctors are now analyzing the data and the results have been encouraging. There have been no episodes of “VR sickness” (headaches and nausea similar to motion sickness) and any fear prior to surgery has decreased. They found that nearly all the children preferred the VR over traditional PowerPoint slides to explain the surgery process.
Preoperative anxiety doesn’t just affect children. It is a significant problem across all age brackets. That anxiety can result in pain and increased anesthetic requirements in the operating room. The unease doesn’t just dissipate after surgery, it can delay recovery. For children, this often can be what the doctors call “post-hospital negative behaviours” including bed wetting, loss of sleep, missed school and not eating well.
The VR could replace currently used stress relieving methods which have turned out to be less effective. VR definitely has an upperhand over traditional 2D videos, drawings etc as it brings the real-like experience to the patients beforehand and that too without any pain involved and game-like way.
Great, isn’t it?
Can India replicate this?
With of late such hyper-active VR world here, it doesn’t seem like a distant dream!