A substantial number of ICU survivors are expected due to the SARS-CoV-2 outbreak, who are at risk for psychological impairments, such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety, and depression. We designed a COVID-19 intensive care unit-specific virtual reality (ICU-VR) intervention and tested it on one of our COVID-19 patients. The impact of event scale-revised and the hospital anxiety and depression scale showed that this patient suffered from PTSD, anxiety, and depression on the day of the intervention. One week after receiving ICU-VR, levels of PTSD, anxiety and depression had normalized, and stayed normalized until 6 months after discharge. In conclusion, innovative technologies, such as VR, have the potential to improve psychological rehabilitation, and should therefore be considered by clinicians for the treatment of ICU-related psychological sequelae after COVID-19.

anxiety, COVID-19, critical care, depression, post-intensive care syndrome, post-traumatic stress disorder, virtual reality
dx.doi.org/10.3389/fmed.2020.629086, hdl.handle.net/1765/135111
Frontiers in Medicine
Department of Intensive Care

Vlake, J.H. (Johan H.), van Bommel, J, Hellemons, M.E. (Merel E.), Wils, E.-J, Gommers, D.A.M.P.J, & van Genderen, M.E. (2021). Intensive Care Unit-Specific Virtual Reality for Psychological Recovery After ICU Treatment for COVID-19; A Brief Case Report. Frontiers in Medicine, 7. doi:10.3389/fmed.2020.629086