For many children, the process of undergoing surgery and having to be put under anesthesia is extremely stressful and often traumatic. Luckily, medical researchers at Seoul National University Bundang Hospital have found a way to make younger patients more comfortable with their medical procedures and staying in the hospital. Kids love cartoons and that’s exactly what researchers thought of when they decided to enlist the help of Korea’s famous animated TV star, Pororo. Pororo and his friends have been transported into a virtual reality world where they can help acclimate children to the hospital and educate them on certain procedures.
According to the research, over 50 percent of pediatric patients have very high levels of anxiety about surgery and anesthesia. Children often have to be separated from their parents during this time, causing them even more stress. It’s understandable that this kind of experience could be extremely traumatic for any person, let alone a child. In fact, post-procedure children can experience changes in mood and behavior such as acting out, anxiety attacks, nightmares, and even loss of appetite. It was the researchers goal at Bundang Hospital to decrease theses cases and make children more comfortable in the operation room.
Through virtual reality, the researchers at SNUBH were able to bring Pororo to the operation room and put children at ease. During this VR experience, Pororo appears in the operation room with his friends and undergoes anesthesia while explaining the whole process to the child patient. Watching Pororo go through the same process that they are about to go through, children began to feel more comfortable and less anxious about the experience. Although the video runs for only a short four minutes, it has shown to be extremely effective. A study done by SNUBH showed that anxiety levels dropped by 40 percent in children who were shown the video, compared to children who had not seen it at all.
According to the researchers at SNUBH, the VR experience not only helps patients, but it allows doctors to avoid using an excessive amount of anesthetics as well. This is the first time something like this has been tested, but it has long been a work in progress for the hospital and others working on the project. Pororo not only brings joy to millions of children everywhere on the television screen, but now he’s able to help those going through extremely stressful situations in the operation room. With innovation like this occurring everyday to help improve peoples lives, it’s fair to say that the future of technology is bright and full of endless possibilities.
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via: The Korea Bizwire