Mixed reality that removes us from the present might become hospitals' solution to chronic pain

Global design and strategy firm Frog recently teamed up with Stanford Plastic and reconstructive surgery resident, Dr. Brian Pridgen to develop a new VR headset designed for use in burn units in hospitals. The goal of the headset, which comes with built-in apps is to distract patients from painful medical treatments.

Burns are not only incredibly painful, they need constant care and require the wound to be scrubbed clean of debris and burned skin. While there are drugs that can reduce the pain, they aren’t perfect and often have side effects. Studies have shown that by giving patients something else to think about during a painful procedure, their perceived discomfort can be reduced. This is where VR has shown promise thus far.

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