Arkansas Patent of the Month – March 2024

In the realm of medical advancements, BioVentures, LLC introduces an innovative solution to alleviate patient anxiety during surgical procedures: immersive distraction. This newly patented system offers a multifaceted approach to calming patients during stressful moments, particularly in neurosurgeries where patients need to remain alert and interactive.

At its core, their immersive distraction system is used in distraction therapies. The system comprises two essential components: the attachment portion and the base portion. The attachment portion features an engagement element and a front plate, while the base portion consists of a top panel and a display aperture nestled within a viewing frame and a back plate. This unique design allows for seamless integration with a head frame, facilitating its use during surgical procedures.

One notable feature of the immersive distraction apparatus is its incorporation of vibratory tactile stimuli within the frame connectors. This addition enhances the distraction experience for patients, further immersing them in a soothing environment. Moreover, the apparatus includes an auditory component, offering bone anchored conduction of sound to augment the overall distraction therapy.

The versatility of this invention extends to its application in various medical settings. During surgical procedures, patients can engage with a device placed within the immersive distraction apparatus, interacting with tailored software environments. These environments not only entertain patients but also track their brain and motor functions, providing valuable insights to medical professionals.

BioVentures’ immersive distraction therapy system elevates patient care to new heights. In addition to the immersive distraction apparatus, the system includes a head frame with multiple supports for secure attachment. It may also incorporate a patient table, an arc system for precise target coordinate localization, and accessories compatible with magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and computed tomography (CT).

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