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Virtual Reality Stimulation to Enhance Cognitive Function of Intensive Care Unit Patients (NCT03025373)

University of Bern
An observational study will be conducted in the ICU (Intensive care unit) including patients with heart surgery (< 5 days) and prolonged ICU stay (> 5 days). Patients will receive 5 min Virtual reality stimulation per day. A modified version of the Oculus Rift VR glasses (Facebook inc., USA) with stereoscopic vision and stereo sound will be used to present the virtual world to patients. An integrated eye tracker will measure oculomotor responses that will be synchronized with the physiological data recording. All participants will undergo neuropsychological testing after ICU stay, and after a three-months follow-up. Quality of life prior to the ICU stay will be enquired from relatives. Main outcome variable is the explorative behaviour (attention). Secondary outcomes are the quality of life and cognitive functioning.
  • Other: Visuo-acoustic stimulation
    Controlled visual and acoustic stimulation in a virtual reality setting
    Ages eligible for Study
    18 Years and older
    Genders eligible for Study
    Accepts Healthy Volunteers
    Accepts Healthy Volunteers
    Inclusion Criteria:
    • Age > =18
    • Speak German or French
    • Are able to participate the follow up measurements
    • Written informed consent
    Exclusion Criteria:
    • Visual impairments
    • Cognitive impairments
    • Cognitive impairments
    • Craniocerebral injury before admitting the ICU
    • Already admitted the intensive care unit (last year) or at reentry
    • Psychotic disorders

    1 locations

    Switzerland (1)
    • Universitätsklinik für Intensivmedizin, Inselspital
      Bern, Switzerland, 3010
    31 January, 2017
    19 September, 2017
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