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Virtual Reality Triage for Patients in Emergency Medical Service Scenarios

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000249000D
Publication Date: 2017-Jan-25
Document File: 1 page(s) / 21K

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Abstract

Disclosed are a system and method that use virtual reality (VR) content to enable injured patients to become disassociated from a variety of injuries throughout the duration of emergency transport to a hospital. The solution reduces emotional and psychological trauma and stress for the patient and allows emergency responders to provide care with less interference from a distressed patient.

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Virtual Reality Triage for Patients in Emergency Medical Service Scenarios

Acute stress reaction (also called acute stress disorder, psychological shock, mental shock, or simply shock) is a psychological condition arising in response to a terrifying or traumatic event or witnessing a traumatic event. If left untreated, a patient may develop a more severe disorder such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). For many injuries, medicines to ease pain can cause potential side effects that can alter the diagnosis of the actual treatment of the injury and potentially lead to a diminished quality of life.

Many studies have included Virtual Reality (VR). No studies have emphasized utilizing VR for emergency medical services (EMS) scenarios in which responders place patients in an ambulance for transport to the hospital.

The novel contribution is a system and method for virtual reality triage for patients in emergency medical service scenarios. The method uses VR content to enable injured patients to become disassociated from a variety of injuries throughout theduration of emergency transport to a hospital. VR exposure provides reassurance and an immersive experience that removes the sight of an injury from the patient experience, thereby reducing emotional and psychological trauma and stress.

Within this system, the VR headset wirelessly communicates with the ambulance components. The ambulance components monitor the patient’s biological status. According to that data, the sys...