«Medical procedures such as a venipuncture—the penetrating of a vein for a procedure such as drawing blood or inserting an intravenous tube—may make a young patient anxious or uneasy. Many hospitals have a dedicated child life services team to help children cope with these procedures, while others depend on more traditional methods of diversions such as toys or books. The new study shows virtual reality (VR) games—if they are appropriate and carefully chosen for pediatric clinical situations—may offer an engaging and practical addition to the list of distraction therapy options.»

Article written by JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY. Photo by  Getty Images