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Hospitals testing virtual reality to improve pain management, reduce opioid usage
Modern Healthcare

When sickle cell disease patients experiencing a pain crisis show up at the emergency department hoping for relief, they’re often treated with a heavy dose of opioids and other medications.

If the pain—a hallmark of the disease described as a severe throbbing, aching, beating-you-with-a-hammer kind of feeling—doesn’t dissipate after a few hours, patients are typically admitted to the hospital for more opioids delivered through a patient-controlled pump.