Little NIRVANA

About

A PAIN MANAGEMENT solution
that SUPPORTS children
through MEDICAL CARE.

Bringing magic into unexpected places!

MOTIVATION
Each year many millions of children are exposed to painful medical events such as vaccinations, blood sampling, minor surgery or invasive examinations. Children often perceive these events as very fearful, which can lead to treatment failure, slower healing and anticipatory anxiety, even throughout adult life.
GOAL
To strengthen empowerment and trust of the child and their parents during medical procedures and to prevent procedural anxiety and trauma.
HOW
Developing an innovative digital tool integrating multiple evidence-based principles tailored on the age and developmental level of the child.
FUNDING AND DURATION
The project runs over a period of three years from January 2020 until December 2022. The funding is provided
by EIT health.
THE LITTLE NIRVANA EXPERIENCE
An attractive and colorful bird-like creature, named Milo will be the companion of the child during the hospital visit and procedure. The ‘Breath of Nature’ is a magical world where the child is invited to join. A multi-modular app with trust-enhancing, relaxation and training modules for the children and their parents will be developed and can be used in the waiting room or at home. Central in the little nirvana experience is the procedural encounter. This will be embedded in a multisensory 2D/3D experience. A dashboard will be developed for the caregivers in the intervention room to steer the little-NIRVANA experience based on the patient's status and needs/phases of the procedure. Stay tuned for more updates.

Testimonials

“You no longer think about the needle and the pain, but you do think about the wand and the magic forest”
Sophie, 8 years old
“I'm distracted by the system myself”
Marion, mum of Lucas
“Beautifully made, meaningful, finally something for toddler/toddler age”
Lies, caregiver UZ Leuven

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Partners

A strong team with complementary strengths

Through their partnership with EIT Health, Little NIRVANA can access a vast network of
collaborators across Europe. These relationships have been vital in raising awareness of the tool, and gaining interest from investors. EIT Health will help accelerate Little NIRVANA’s roll-out across Europe and provide essential support to its future projects.

RISE
Rise is the technical partner responsible for the technical development of the 2D/3D experience and the waiting room/home app. With their extensive experience in developing mobile and innovative technical solutions, they provide the integration of the overall framework.
KULeuven/UZLeuven
The University Hospital Leuven (UZLeuven) at KULeuven is one of the leading hospitals worldwide and acts as the organization lead and a clinical expert in this project. They are the lead hospital for the pilot study and the field study of the little nirvana project. KULeuven is responsible for the development of a scent device that will be integrated in a multisensory experience.
Aardman
Aardman is a world famous animation studio. They develop the graphics and story board of the little nirvana experience.
Cognuse
Cognuse is a IT-company specialized in software solutions in health and rehabilitation management. They are responsible for the development for the dashboard of the health care providers.
University Maastricht
The University Maastricht is a well renowned university. They develop a multimodal object that will be used in the little nirvana experience.
Maastricht University Medical Center+
The University Hospital of Maastricht is one of the largest hospitals of The Netherlands. As they have a lot of experience with procedural pain management in children they are the clinical lead for this project.
Tartu University
The Tartu University is a well renowned university. They are responsible for the education and training of the health care providers involved in this project.
PHILIPS
Royal Philips, as a global leader in healthcare, is responsible for the business development and support.

Contact

LEAD AND CLINICAL EXPERTISE
KULeuven
Dr Barbara Weyn
barbara.weyn@kuleuven.be
TECHNOLOGY AND USER EXPERIENCE
RISE Research Institutes of Sweden
Ph.D Marie Sjölinder
marie.sjolinder@ri.se