Innovative patient care research at the Leipzig Heart Institute and Heart Centre

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Stress and anxiety are at the centre of a wide range of health issues; unfortunately they are often overlooked as the cause. When it comes to a delicate situation such as a surgery, a routine procedure can quickly become something much more serious if the patient is not in the right frame of mind. Cardiovascular surgeries can come with serious complications – especially elderly patients are at risk. Sedatives and analgesics are used to calm patients and make them feel more comfortable but their use also does present many risks. A non-pharmacological solution to reduce patient anxiety and pain is the key to safer and more efficient operations for hospitals and health clinics – patient distraction is the answer. 

 

Audiovisual distraction is at the heart of patient care

 

HappyMed Video Glasses are at the heart of the patient care research at the Leipzig Heart Institute. The study is lead by dr. med. Kerstin Bode, chief physician of the Department of Rhythmology at the Herzzentrum Leipzig. The randomised controlled trial involves 200 patients undergoing the procedure for pacemaker implantation. The results so far show that the perception of pain is lower and the satisfaction is higher for patients using the Video Glasses compared to those who were only given sedatives. See the full article published in the Leipzig Heart Magazine here. 

Patient care is important to us. We want to reduce the amount of stress that patients currently suffer from during interventions. More medications are not always the safest option so we are looking for alternatives. The HappyMed Video Glasses are an excellent tool for its use in cardiac catheter and electrophysiology laboratories. We look forward to publishing the full results of our randomised trial soon.


More cardiovascular research to come 

 

The use of HappyMed Video Glasses within cardiology units is relatively new and we are seeing a very positive response. HappyMed recently attended Kardiovaskuläre Frühjahrstagung, a national cardiology congress held in Leipzig. The Video Glasses were extremely well received and presented amongst the newest developments and innovations in cardiovascular medicine. In the upcoming months, there are more research collaborations set to commence as we cement our place as an essential patient care tool for the department. 

  • Researchers from the Universitätsklinikum in Essen, Germany plan to conduct a study to test the HappyMed Video Glasses during electrophysiological investigations. Seventy patients will be enrolled in a randomized clinical trial.
  • At the German Heart Center in Berlin, another study is starting soon which looks at subjective pain perception during TAVI procedures. Ninety patients will be participating in the study. 

If you would like to propose working with HappyMed on a study please get in contact with  our Science Manager Arabella Brunner at ab@happymed.org +)