Patients in the pediatric emergency room are subject to many painful, stressful, and scary procedures which can lead to a frightened, nervous and uncooperative child. These same procedures can contribute to parental stress and lead to staff dissatisfaction as well. While the literature revealed a plethora of distraction techniques that are implemented in pediatric patients, our project explored studies that implemented virtual reality as a distraction technique across different ages and procedures.
Based on the evidence that was identified, a grant was recently obtained to implement virtual reality into our pediatric emergency department at Rochester General Hospital and we are now planning the implementation phase.
Nichols, Mary Grace; Guzda, Meghan; Dougherty, Meghan; Toepper, Louise; and Hernandez, Bailey, "Virtual Distractions From Reality" (2023). Nursing Research and EBP Day 2023. 13.