Virtual reality helps children’s hospital patients escape pain and anxiety

The Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital is offering its pediatric patients an escape from potentially painful or uncomfortable procedures. In an effort to reduce stress and offer a calming distraction from the treatment they are undergoing, patients can put on a set of virtual reality goggles to escape the hospital environment and go on an exciting journey. This state-of-the-art, interactive technology by appliedVR™ was given to the Child Life Program at the children’s hospital by a generous donor through the Hackensack University Medical Center Foundation. According to Stacey Rifkin-Zenenberg, DO, FAAP, pediatric hematologist/oncologist, Children’s Cancer Institute, and section chief, Pain and Palliative Care, the goggles are a wonderful tool to help manage acute and chronic pain in pediatric patients.