Virtual reality and 360° immersion have made considerable progress. Virtual Reality (VR) immersion helmets offer extraordinary sensations. The sensational effect is so intense that it is more stimulating than soothing. There were increases in heart rate in patients experiencing a VR helmet, so amazing was the discovery. 360° vision can sometimes trigger dizziness or oppressive feelings of confinement.
This equipment opens up formidable possibilities for stimulating and playful activities (which are not incompatible with the hospital environment) or didactic (3D visualisation of the human body to better understand an operation or a pathology).
The objective of IVR SYSTEMS being soothing, relaxation and acclimatisation to the hospital environment, we are convinced that projecting an image is more suitable than viewing it inside a helmet screen.
The image projection to the ceiling is:
Non-intrusive: the device does not require any contact with the patient. Some patients, depending on their age or pathology, may not tolerate or be reluctant to wear an object on their face that encloses the head.
Antiseptic: no skin contact. Mobile housing surface is compatible with hydro-alcoholic solutions (SHA)
However, IVR access to Intensive Care Units (ICUs) is not an option.
User-friendly: The patient is not alone in enjoying the IVR images. In the case of a double room, this can be an opportunity for exchanges between patients. But dialogue can also take place with caregivers around the images. This can create a new bond between patient and caregiver.
Therapeutic: Psychologists can rely on the memories and emotions evoked by the images during or after the projection and use them as therapeutic material. Ericksonian hypnosis practitioners can also use projection to accompany patients who have difficulty imagining mental images and letting go to achieve a modified state of consciousness.
Compatible with care: In the event that soothing and distraction (with or without hypnosis accompaniment) produces a relaxing or pain-relieving effect during care, the caregiver always maintains visual and verbal contact with the patient.
Beneficial for all : Many caregivers have reported the beneficial effect that the projection of IVR images can bring them even if it is intended for the patient. Colours and sounds modify the hospital environment for the duration of a projection (between 10 and 50 minutes) and the soothing effect may be captured when passing through the room or in front of its open door.
Integrated into the environment: Studies on the influence of changes in the hospital environment by aquarium installations or wall cladding with landscape posters have shown their beneficial impact on aggressiveness in waiting rooms, the morale of carers in departments or the decrease in demand for anxiolytics by patients. IVR works in the same way, with mobility and choice of content to share and customize this principle.
Opening a "virtual window" to the ceiling is clearly distinguishable from wearing a RV helmet which, in principle, hides everything and all the time from viewing.