Children staying at Vernon Jubilee Hospital (VJH) now have access to anti-stress video game devices to make their stay easier.
Whether it’s recovering from life-saving surgery or receiving ongoing intensive treatment, hospital visits can significantly affect the mental health of a child or adolescent. .
That’s why Starlight Children’s Foundation Canada provides devices to hospitals through its Nintendo Switch handheld device program. The program, supported by the Arlene Foundation, provided VJH with two new devices for patients facing long and difficult hospital stays.
Starlight Nintendo Switch devices are portable and accessible in all areas of the hospital, and provide some normalcy and distraction for pediatric patients.
A 2019 medical study found that virtual reality is an effective distraction intervention that reduces pain and anxiety in pediatric patients undergoing a wide range of medical procedures.
For over 30 years of helping children cope with serious illnesses, Starlight Canada has seen firsthand the power of distraction for sick children who face stress on their physical and mental health.
“Many of our Starlight children not only face serious illness, but also the fear and isolation that can accompany regular or extended hospital stays,” said Brian Bringolf, CEO of Starlight Canada. “We hope programming like the Starlight Nintendo Switch handheld can give kids a chance to decompress and relax in an extremely stressful situation.”
The devices were hand-delivered to VJH through a local in-store display.