Severe burn injuries don't end once a patient gets discharged from the hospital. Ongoing wound care, grueling physical therapy, and grafting procedures continue for months during recovery.
However, the VR distraction techniques that provided such powerful pain relief in the hospital aren't accessible at home. Until now.
New user-friendly VR solutions allow patients to continue immersive pain relief therapies in the comfort of home. Specialized VR goggles available for consumer purchase are affordable and easy to use. Patients can access the same 3D virtual worlds and distraction games proven successful in clinical trials to make wound care less agonizing.
Home VR also helps patients who experience burns not needing hospitalization but still requiring regular dressing changes and recovery exercise. For those unable to take traditional pain medications, drug-free VR represents a safe alternative for relieving hurt during painful procedures.
In studies of at-home VR for burns, patients report dramatic decreases in pain, allowing them to push through rehab. VR also reduces anxiety and feelings of isolation. Shared multiplayer VR games further enable social connection and support.
Accessing VR outside hospital walls empowers patients with more control over their recovery journey. Patients can use VR distraction anytime breakthrough pain strikes - not just during scheduled appointments. More continuous pain relief improves outcomes and quality of life.
While severe burns present an uphill battle, VR’s availability beyond the hospital ushers new hope. Patients can continue proven immersive therapies in their own home, accessing pain relief on demand.
For all those bravely recovering from burns and fire injuries, VR offers the power to press forward.