News Item – Toronto hospitals embrace virtual reality

When 9-year-old Tess Baird landed at Sick Kids for surgery on a badly broken finger she was terrified.

“The big lights, all the big machines. I was really scared,” she said.

To put her mind at ease, hospital staff gave her a virtual reality headset — futuristic-looking goggles with a 360-degree video screen — that detailed the impending procedure from a patient’s perspective.

The frightened Brampton girl experienced a blow by blow of what to expect from the moment she’d be greeted by nursing staff, to being wheeled through the halls on a gurney, receiving anesthetic and falling into a fog, to finally waking up when it was over.

When she underwent the surgery 30 minutes later, she was no longer scared.

Full article at: Toronto Star