Ivar Bruaset

Dr Bruaset is currently the head of the department of Anesthesiology and Pain treatment of the Sint Maartenskliniek. Before joining the management team he was vice chairman and chairman of the Employees Council of the Sint Maartenskliniek from 2011 to 2017. 

As a anesthesiologist he is specialized in regional anesthesia and anesthesia for specific orthopedic procedures. During the past years (2011 – 2017) he has been board member, secretary and president of the Dutch Association for Regional Anesthesia. During the same period he was elected, and re-elected as a member of the Board of Representatives of the Dutch Society of Anesthesiology. From 2017 until 2019 he acted as the Dutch representative for, and council member in the European Society for Regional Anesthesia. As of 2018 he is also a participating member of the Sint Maartenskliniek Innovation Team.

Anesthesiologists working in the field of orthopedic surgery are confronted with the sometimes difficult task of treating severe postoperative pain. Having made use of regional anesthesia to the fullest extent we were on a quest to find other additional, patient friendly, alternatives to pain medication. Virtual reality provided a promising option to further combat pain without the much feared side effects of opioids. After starting in the orthopedic wards, we are now on the brink of a full, clinic wide rollout of VR as a standard treatment modality on a large scale (orthopedics, rheumatology, rehabilitation medicine and outpatient interventions in adults and children). This with the full support of our board of directors and clinicians.

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