>> This isn't a Japanese garden, it's actually a French hospital. The latest clinic experimenting with virtual reality headsets to help their patients through otherwise very stressful visits.>>
> A bit like a hypnosis technique, which is another way to lower doses of anaesthetics or painkillers and to offer patients more comfort, especially those with anxiety.
>> The concept is straightforward. It distracts you from the pain or the nervousness. And here at St. Joseph Hospital in Paris, it's being used with relatively simple treatment, like fixing a dislocated shoulder. Or the unpleasant procedure of having a urinary catheter inserted. VR headsets are being used at several hospitals in the United States already, including Mount Sinai in Los Angeles, but it's a new concept here in France.
St Joseph believes it will become commonplace within a decade.