Randomized, Crossover Study of Immersive Virtual Reality to Decrease Opioid Use During Painful Wound Care Procedures in Adults

This study was made on a sample of adult patients with painful wounds from deep or partial burns. Authors used an VR world called SnowWorld (developed at the University of Washington HITLab) to reduce pain perception. They showed that 39% less opioids were administered when IVR therapy used compared with wound procedures when IVR was not used.

IVR during painful wound care procedures significantly reduced the amount of opioid medication administered during the procedure compared with no IVR. Despite receiving 39% less opioid medication during wound procedures with IVR, changes in pain and anxiety levels before and after the dressing change were similar to no IVR dressing changes. The majority of participants in this study thought IRV was easy to use and wanted to use it on future wound procedures.

Source: Randomized, Crossover Study of Immersive Virtual Reality to Decrease Opioid Use During Painful Wound Care Procedures in Adults | Journal of Burn Care & Research | Oxford Academic

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