This study of patients intubated in the ICU randomized them to patient-initiated/directed music, noise canceling headsets, or usual care. Those in the music group had significantly lower anxiety scores and use of sedatives compared to usual care. Those in the music group also had lower sedation frequency (but not sedation intensity or anxiety scores) compared to the noise canceling headset group. Both noise canceling headsets and music therapy can be beneficial in intubated ICU patients (abstract).
Dr. Scheurer is a clinical hospitalist and the Medical Director of Quality and Safety at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina, and is Assistant Professor of Medicine. She is a graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Medicine, completed her residency at Duke University, and completed her Masters in Clinical Research at the Medical University of South Carolina. She also serves as the Web Editor and Physician Advisor for the Society of Hospital Medicine.