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The Rafferty Distraction Headset a possible treatment adjunct in Covid 19 (Coronavirus)

The Rafferty Distraction Headset may have a role in the treatment of Coronavirus associated respiratory distress.


The primary reason for requiring hospital admission due to the Coronavirus is shortness of breath or difficulty breathing. The initial treatment is oxygen usually via a face mask. Patients are initially given a high amount of oxygen in order to over come the shortness of breath. The amount of oxygen being given can then be adjusted according to the results of oxygen saturation (finger probe) and specialised blood tests.


In younger children and people with learning difficulties it may be distressing to have a mask cover their face when they are not well. The Rafferty Distraction Headset allows a familiar TV Show/ Cartoon/ Music Video/ Movie to be playing into which they can be completely immersed. The oxygen mask is integrated into the bottom of the headset so the patient more readily accepts the mask.



Continuous positive airways pressure (CPAP)

If the patient continues to have a low oxygen level in their blood while receiving a high amount of oxygen through a normal oxygen mask, continuous positive airways pressure may be used (CPAP). CPAP is evolving as an essential element in the fight against Coronavirus.


CPAP improves oxygenation by opening up the parts of the lung that allow oxygen into the blood. With these parts of the lung open the patient finds it easier to breath. However the CPAP mask often becomes uncomfortable and claustrophobic. Patients must therefore be cooperative, awake enough, have the strength to breathe by themselves and cough effectively.


The Rafferty Distraction Headset can be integrated on top of the CPAP mask to allow distraction and therefore increase compliance with the treatment. If CPAP treatment is successful other higher risk treatments can be avoided. The Rafferty Distraction Headset allows a familiar TV Show/ Cartoon/ Music Video/ Movie to be playing into which they can be completely immersed during treatment.


I would like to take this opportunity to thank my NHS colleagues for their hard work and dedication during this pandemic.


Dr Kevin Rafferty MBChB FRCA

Anaesthetic Doctor and Inventor of The Rafferty Distraction Headset


Declarations of Interest


  • The Rafferty Distraction Headset has had no clinical trials in treatment of respiratory distress.


  • Dr Kevin Rafferty is the developer of The Rafferty Distraction Headset.


  • If you are interested in this product please contact Henley Medical who will be the distributors of this product.

welcome@henleysmed.com




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