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Rafferty Virtual Reality Distraction Headset

Anaesthetists are frequently required to deal with a child who is uncooperative at induction of anaesthesia. In studies undertaken in the 1990s, one-third of children were found to be distressed at induction while one-quarter required physical restraint.¹ ² Dealing with an uncooperative child can be distressing for the patient, parents, and health-care workers. Moreover, the stress of a stormy induction can produce postoperative behavioural changes in the child.

Use of the Rafferty Headset allows distraction and better mask acceptance during gas induction of anaesthesia.

The Rafferty Distraction Headset is a single patient use cardboard virtual reality headset, which integrates a detachable anaesthetic mask. Simply insert a smart phone to create virtual reality environment for a perfect distraction.

As well as being an ideal solution for gas induction of anaesthesia, the Rafferty VR headset can also be used for other applications such as oxygen and aerosol therapy, post-operative distraction in recovery, painful procedures, CT scans and awake dental procedures.

The unique design of the Rafferty VR Headset allows the mask to sit comfortably in position whilst fully immersing the patient in a virtual reality experience.

Download our very own Picnic Party application for Android devices or choose to watch content from youtube in VR mode.

Virtual Reality Picnic Party

A simple VR experience for children can be used for fun or using the Rafferty distraction headset for gas induction of anaesthesia……


1. Holm-Knudsen RJ, Carlin JB, McKenzie IM. Distress at induction of anaesthesia in children. A survey of incidence, associated factors and recovery characteristics, Paediatr Anaesth, 1998, vol. 8 (pg. 383-92)
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2. Lumley MA, Melamed BG, Abeles LA. Predicting children’s presurgical anxiety and subsequent behavior changes, J Pediatr Psychol, 1993, vol. 18 (pg. 481-97)
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Rafferty Virtual Reality Distraction Headset

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