Anxious Patients Need Calm Surroundings

A medical procedure is an uncomfortable experience. Stress, anxiety, fear and a loss of control are all common emotions. An anxious patient has a tendency to focus on their surroundings and react over-sensitively to widely disparate sensory impressions. Release of cortisol, which accelerates the pulse and respiration rates, is part of the patient’s stress response. It is a vicious cycle.

Audiovisual Distraction Increases Patient Well-being

The HappyMed Video Glasses use audiovisual distraction to detach patients from the stress-provoking hospital environment. Over 80% of human sensory impressions are perceived through our eyes and ears. That makes audiovisual distraction an enormously effective method of anxiety and pain reduction. Shifting patients’ attention to films limits their capacity to focus on negative sensations and significantly reduces anxiety and pain perception by more than 60%.

Video Glasses Offer an Alternative

Numerous studies have established a link between positive audiovisual distraction and lowered stress, anxiety and pain perception. Audiovisual distraction offers medical institutions an alternative to the use of more sedatives and was proven to positively impact patients’ attitudes towards local anaesthetic procedures. The end result is: patients who are more relaxed, cooperative, and suffer from fewer complications.

Benefits of Audiovisual Distraction

LESS ANXIETY

97% of surgery patients experience preoperative anxiety

Experiencing surgery-related anxiety is a natural reaction to the unpredictable and potentially threatening circumstances typical of the perioperative period. According to a large-scale survey including 120 patients, 97% of surgery patients, aged 18 years or older, experience preoperative anxiety.

LESS SEDATION

Sedative & pain medication – putting patient health at risk

Sedative premedication is commonly used to calm patients prior to surgery and other stressful medical treatments. Although sedation is meant to improve patient health by relieving stress and anxiety, that medication can have a variety of adverse side effects.

SAVES TIME

Keeping track of fast-track concepts: How to save time in the hospital

In times of fast track surgery, early convalescence after anaesthesia is gaining more and more importance in OR management. To enhance patient recovery, it is essential to supply the patient with effective pain management, choose anesthetic procedures with consideration, and use sedative premedication with extreme caution in order to prevent a lengthy hospital stay.

SAVES COSTS

A longer recovery phase and complications carry hidden costs

Audiovisual technologies providing distraction and relaxation have been proven to save on costs for the hospital site. Studies confirm that these low cost-methods are capable of reducing costs for medication, optimising processes from preoperative preparation to postoperative care, facilitating patients’ decisions to use regional anaesthesia and positively impacting patient recovery.

HappyMed Cost Pyramid

The figure below demonstrates how patient stress and anxiety can lead to increased financial expenditures for hospitals.

Heightened anxiety and stress increase patients’ subjective pain perception.
As a consequence, higher doses of administered analgesic and sedative medication are required.

Research

General anaesthesia is an anxious patient’s first choice.


However, the side effects of narcosis include procedural complications and increased chance for developing emergence delirium.
When opting for general anaesthesia, patients stay at the hospital significantly longer, which subsequently leads to higher costs for the hospital.

Studies in Progress

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