Background: Virtual reality is increasingly being used as an adjunct or replacement to pharmacological analgesia and sedation during medical procedures.
Methods and results: We report the successful use of a virtual reality device in a highly anxious patient undergoing lumbar puncture.
Conclusion: The case demonstrates how virtual reality technology may benefit patients undergoing invasive procedures such as lumbar puncture. Virtual reality may, therefore, offer an alternative or adjunct to sedation and analgesia and may reduce the amount of pharmacological therapy required.
Keywords: HEALTH POLICY & PRACTICE; INTERVENTIONAL; PAIN.
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