Use of Virtual Reality as a Wellness Modality for Veterans on the Mental Health Unit (VR in MHU)
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This innovation focuses on improving the mood for Veterans who are admitted to the inpatient mental health unit (MHU). This intervention uses virtual reality (VR) headsets deployed in a group setting called "the VR lounge" that allows Veterans to choose a patient centered experience with the goal of improving their mood from pre to post immersion. Over 80% of Veterans who participate in this intervention report an increase in their mood during their immersion in the headset.
September 2020, Ioannis A. Lougaris Veterans' Administration Medical Center (Reno)
Awards and Recognition:
iNET Spread Investee
CATEGORIES:Inpatient Care Mental Health Veteran Experience
VR Headsets and UVC Cleanbox
Veteran on MHU laughing while immersed in VR
Placing VR headset on Veteran
Veteran engaged in use of VR
- Over 250 immersions on the MHU
- 80% of Veterans report an increase in their mood pre to post immersion.
Does not include Clinical Resource Hubs (CRH)
1-2 MonthsDetermine Champion: Consider Benefit of Multidisciplinary Team
2-3 MonthsDevelop Facility Specific Implementation Plan (CPRS Template, Encounter Detail, and Infection Control)Work with Purchasing/Contracting to Procure EquipmentDevelop Training Plan for Unit to Staff
2 WeeksEducate Intervention Staff on use of VR Headsets and Cleaning ProtocolStart ImplementationCollect DataShare with Department and Facility Leadership
- Mental health care
- Recreation and creative arts therapy
- Nursing services
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- Infection Control Guidelines Disinfecting a Virtual Reality Headset with a CleanBox Device
- Given to the Veteran to fill in prior to immersion Pre VR Emotion Rating
- This survey is given following the immersion to assess efficacy of the session Post VR Emotion Rating
- CPRS Template MHU Recreation Therapy_Nursing Progress Note
- Display of tiles showing choice of immersions AppliedVR Soothe Content Library
Email email@example.com with questions about this innovation.
Megan Rumzie, MSN, RN, CNL, HNB-BC
VR Clinical Leader
Danielle Marchand, CTRS
Carol Randall, PhD
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