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Closing the Gate on Pain / English

Closing the Gate on Pain
Closing the Gate on Pain

Thermal burns are traumatic, excruciating and often referred to as the most uncomfortable of all injuries for patients. They require repeat treatments and long-term therapy which causes significant and ongoing distress. The social pressures to step away from opioid-based pain management due to an epidemic of prescription opioid misuse combined with other undesirable side effects highlight the need to find another solution. What if there was a way to use distraction to manage pain during these burns treatments?

This design presents a solution. A clinically appropriate Virtual Reality headset that aims to shift the paradigm of pain management.

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Alex Eviston

Alex Eviston
Hamilton, Australia

Alex Eviston,
Queensland University of Technology