HappyMed distracts children before the operation and the use of medication can be reduced by 50 – 70 percent

HappyMed video glasses distract the child before the operation © Hospital of the Barmherzigen Schwestern Ried

The HappyMed video glasses not only help adults, but are also very popular with children of different ages. When it comes to distraction and reducing the amount of medication needed, HappyMed is the first choice.

In the hospital of the Sisters of Mercy in Ried in Upper Austria the glasses are used particularly often by children. and in Rohrbach Clinic are the two video glasses approved for the operating room in continuous use. In 2019, around 1,400 interventions with a duration of up to three hours were carried out using this distraction method, in the previous year only 800 due to the corona.

Primary Dr. Kostja Steiner, Head of the Institute for Anesthesia and Intensive Care Medicine at the Rohrbach Clinic explains: “So far, patients who are afraid of an operation have simply been reassured using medication. However, we have thought about how we can reduce the amount of sleeping pills and sedatives for the benefit of those affected. It is well known that 80 percent of the sensory perception takes place through the eyes and ears. Watching a film during the operation is, so to speak, the optimal distraction. “

Primary Dr. Kostja Steiner, head of the Institute for Anesthesia and Intensive Care Medicine at the Rohrbach Clinic © OÖG

Experience has shown that it is even more difficult for children than for adults to deal with the unfamiliar situation during medical interventions. That is why both anesthesia departments have started using audiovisual sedation with the HappyMed video glasses .

Children love "Wickie and the Strong Men" and "Maya the Bee"

OÄ Dr. Gefion Gerner-Forstinger, head of the pediatric anesthesia team at the Sisters of Mercy hospital in Ried says: “I am enthusiastic about the positive effect on our little patients. The children who watch a film on the way to the operating room are much less stressed and hardly need any medication to calm them down “.

At the Rohrbach Clinic, the “Maya the Bee”, but also “Heidi” and “Ferdi” are very popular with children from the age of four. DELETE Children are allowed to put the video glasses on in the pre-op room before they are driven into the operating room. Then they come to the operating room relaxed and only notice the transfer from the bed to the operating table before the medical and film program continues. ; classic interventions include the removal of purulent tonsils or interventions in the eardrum.

The glasses have a calming effect and result in 50 to 70 percent less medication used.

Adults appreciate the video glasses because they are relaxed and result in less medication. Primary Dr. Kosta Steiner: “By using them, we have been able to demonstrably reduce the amount of sleeping pills and sedatives by 50 to 70 percent. The enormous advantage here is that patients have to stay much shorter in the labor-intensive recovery room. If patients need about two to three hours of monitoring after an operation with general anesthesia, the viewers can be brought to the ward with local anesthesia after a good quarter of an hour, as soon as it has been clarified that they are not in pain. That also brings a great deal of relief in terms of personnel deployment. “

The license costs are marginal and do not matter!

The patient get the experience of a cinema and we are sure that the high demands on safety and hygiene – the video glasses are easy to disinfect – and licensing issues have been clarified,” says Primar Dr. Kosta Steiner: ” The program is also changed every few months.”

Relaxed children during medical interventions


1) 06/26/2021 – Oberösterreichisches Volksblatt – video glasses distract from the operation ( https://volksblatt.at/videobrille-lenkt-von-op-ab/ )

2) 09/24/2020 – Oberösterreichische Nachrichten – video glasses divert attention on the way to the operating room ( https://www.nachrichten.at/oberoesterreich/innviertel/videobrillen-lenken-patienten-am-weg-in-den-op- hall-ab; art70,3303837 )

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