ALL patients get nervous before a hospital operation and especially young people who may never have been in a hospital before.
This has led the Anesthesiology Service of the Hospital Clínic de Valencia to use modern technology to reduce the stress and anxiety suffered by children.
Virtual reality glasses are being given away to young patients who can already enjoy all kinds of relaxing videos.
There’s even an option to learn about what happens before an operation and encourage ways to breathe easy and relax.
Department head Rafael Badenes said: “When children have surgery, there are times when they feel uncomfortable being in a strange place.”
“Right now it is essential to offer them something that makes them feel more comfortable and allows them to forget, as far as possible, where they are,” he adds.
“These virtual reality glasses can benefit both pediatric and adolescent patients.”
The hospital performs about 370 pediatric surgeries a year, almost all under general anesthesia.