Abstract: It is well-studied that inadequate pain management is detrimental to the pediatric population because inadequate pain management can lead to noncompliance when pertaining to needle sticks that can carry into adulthood, one out of four adults is estimated to have a fear of needles which often develops in childhood. Evidence-based practice report that the use of distraction is a simple and efficient method to minimize the trauma that some children feel when getting immunization or venipuncture. Under the lens of pain gate theory and capacity theory, Virtual Reality has been studied and shown to minimize pain. VR is underutilized in practice when it comes to pediatric pain management. This QI proposal aims to show that the use of virtual reality for pediatric pain management can be implemented with good outcomes in an outpatient setting.
Paulo, L. (2022). Virtual Distraction. Roseman University Health Sciences