HappyMed Video Glasses are Improving Pain Management in French Operating Rooms

Video Glasses are a very effective means of patient distraction, making them an excellent alternative to pharmacological sedation in the operating theatre. Over the last few years, the HappyMed Video Glasses have spread quickly in popularity throughout Germany, Austria and the UK.

HappyMed Video Glasses have been available in France since spring 2018. The patient distraction solution is being embraced by medical professionals across France, in a bid to achieve safer pain management as well as reduce recovery times and cut costs.

Our First French Study

58 patients aged 15 to 70 years participated in an investigation into the user experience of the HappyMed Video Glasses at the Hospital Centre of Arcachon in France. It is thanks to the team of Dr. Didier Fressard (anesthesiologist) and the assistance of Mr. Christophe Pignoux (IADE) that we were able to successfully complete the study. The entire medical team also participated in the survey; nurses and anesthesiologists were among the respondents.

The HappyMed Video Glasses were used before, during and after surgeries including orthopedic, gynecologic, vascular and visceral operations. Patients could choose to watch films from a variety of categories such as documentaries, classical concerts, nature and relaxation.

93% of patients would use the HappyMed Video Glasses again.

What is contributing to patient stress?
34% of patients were stressed about the anaesthesia to be administered.
47% of patients were stressed about the actual operation.
17% of patients were stressed about the noise they would hear in the operating theatre.

Did the HappyMed Video Glasses help?
While using the HappyMed Video Glasses, 66% of patients felt very detached from their procedure.  
91% of patients reported a stress level of lower than 5/10 while using HappyMed; 25% of patients were completely relaxed.

Set up and quality
95% of patients found the HappyMed Video Glasses easy to set up.
90% found the HappyMed Video Glasses to be comfortable.
Over 95% of patients were happy with the sound and image quality of the HappyMed Video Glasses.


98% of the medical staff were impressed with the HappyMed Video Glasses and would use it themselves in a medical procedure.

Were the Video Glasses practical?
78% of respondents gave the HappyMed Video Glasses a practicality score of 8/10 or higher.
98% found it easy to communicate with the patient while they were wearing the HappyMed Video Glasses.

Did the HappyMed Video Glasses lower the need for sedatives?
79% of patients did not require an anxiolytic.  
In 12% of cases, the anxiolytic dosages were lowered.
In 71% of cases, the nurse noticed a decrease in stress level in the patient of 5/10 or greater. 17% gave a 10/10 score and saw very obvious signs of stress relief in their patients.

HappyMed in France

The study clearly shows that patient distraction via the HappyMed Video Glasses has an important role to play in the operating theatre. HappyMed serves as an alternative or complement to pharmacological pain management; it is suitable for patients of any age group and easy to use for both doctors and patients.

The staff at Centre Hospitalier D’Arcachon were very satisfied with the ease of use of the HappyMed Video Glasses and the range of benefits provided for their patients. Both the anaesthesia and surgical team are extremely pleased to be working with HappyMed and look forward to a long and positive collaboration.

Some of the hospitals and clinics we are working with in France include:

Clinique Domont, Région Parisienne (95)
Clinique Bordeaux, Nord Aquitaine (33)
Clinique Générale, D’Annecy (74)
Clinique St Charles, Nantes (44)
Groupement Hospitalier Mutualiste, Grenoble (38)
Clinique du Parc, Lyon (69)
Cabinet du Panoramique, Saint Etienne (42)
Clinique de la Sauvegarde, Lyon (69)