The Radboudumc, in cooperation with, among others, Yellow Riders, develops hospital rooms that have a healing effect on each individual patient. Leading is the personal profile of each patient. That dynamic profile determines the recovery program, which includes games, smells, projections and virtual reality components.
Surgeon Harry van Goor is initiator of the ambitious project, in which the environment is taken as the starting point to improve the health of a patient after a major operation. No pills, but games, projections and smells that contribute to the recovery. Van Goor: "The normal medical treatment naturally takes place, but we want to promote recovery through a clever design of the room, the single room in the hospital.
Four important issues
As part of the project, a cleverly personalized and interactive recovery-promoting system (IHS) has been developed. Sixty-five (especially that age group is admitted to hospital) will be given the opportunity to promote their own recovery through that system. Van Goor: "We know from previous research that four things are extremely important for that recovery. Make sure that the patient has as little pain as possible, sleeps well, experiences little stress and soon starts moving again, if necessary in bed. We have summarized this in Relief, Rest, Relax and Recover, in short R4. The program is called R4HEAL, which you can read as Room for Heal. "
How does the program work? The profile of the patient is drawn up first. Is he (or she) a morning or evening person, what is important for determining the night's rest? Is he stressed quickly, does he have a low pain threshold or does he not? Based on that profile and continuous monitoring with sensors of his condition and reactions, personalized advice is created. This gives direction to the tools that are used, such as health games and audiovisuals. Games can distract from the pain and reduce stress. A wooded area, waterfall or paradise sandy beach can be projected on the wall, depending on what the patient appreciates.
Van Goor: "An important part of the IHS, the interactive recovery-enhancing system, is predicting what the patient wants based on algorithms and artificial intelligence. This self-learning analysis system makes it possible for the personal advice to continue to gain importance and, in general, to gain additional knowledge that is also useful for future patients. "