Welcome to this episode of Physician’s Weekly Podcast. My name is Dr Rachel Giles, from Medicom Medical Publishers, in collaboration with Physician’s Weekly.
According to the American Burn Association, burn injuries affect approximately 250,000 children in the United States each year. The pain associated with burn injuries extends beyond the injury itself; there is also significant pain from dressing changes, which can be exacerbated by the anxiety of anticipating this additional pain.
Although opioids relieve burn injury-related pain, they have serious adverse side effects. Prior studies have investigated alternative approaches to pain reduction in burn injury patients that focus on distraction, such as music, hypnosis, toys, and virtual reality.
In this episode, Physician’s Weekly’s Senior Editor Martta Kelly interviews Dr. Henry Xiang about his research on the use of smartphone-based virtual reality games during dressing changes in pediatric patients with burn injuries, recently published in JAMA Network Open.
Also in this episode, we speak with Dr. Benjamin Bensadon, an Associate Professor of geriatric medicine at the University of Florida, about developments in dementia care in our ever-increasing aging population.
But first, we speak with our regular expert contributor with the pseudonym Dr. Medlaw how physician’s can avoid coming across like a jerk while giving a deposition in a court of law.
Xiang H, Shen J, Wheeler KK, Patterson J, Lever K, Armstrong M, Shi J, Thakkar RK, Groner JI, Noffsinger D, Giles SA, Fabia RB. Efficacy of Smartphone Active and Passive Virtual Reality Distraction vs Standard Care on Burn Pain Among Pediatric Patients: A Randomized Clinical Trial. JAMA Netw Open. 2021 Jun 1;4(6):e2112082. doi: 10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2021.12082. PMID: 34152420; PMCID: PMC8218073.