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Patients Wearing VR Headsets During Surgery Requested Less Sedation

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Experiments with virtual reality have revealed it could be an effective tool for reducing the amount of pain, and therefore anesthetic required during surgery.

As MIT Technology Review reports(Opens in a new window), researchers at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston carried out an experiment on a group of adult patients undergoing hand surgery.

The 34 patients were randomly split into two equal groups, with one group asked to wear a VR headset and noise-canceling headphones during their surgery.

The headsets offered the patients a choice of 360-degree views of a forest, mountaintop, peaceful meadow, videos on a starry sky backdrop, or guided meditation while the surgery was carried out.

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