Enhanced Care for Infusion Patients
The infusion centers at Spectrum Health Lakeland recently introduced virtual reality (VR) into the clinical setting. While patients receive chemotherapy and other infusion services, they can use virtual reality to take them outside the clinical setting while helping relieve some of the current stresses of their situation.
Through an interactive computer-generated simulation, patients have the opportunity to be submersed in a variety of experiences such as exploring the history of the Titanic or the Anne Frank House, meditating on the beach, or watching television in the comfort of an exotic mansion, among others.
Most infusion sessions last around three hours. By using VR technology we are able to help patients pass the time while reducing their anxiety and stress levels. Infusion patients are bound near the location of their clinical care, but virtual reality is able to take them almost anywhere.