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).
The choices for conversations are either COVID or Netflix. Coronavirus or the latest binged show. Sports is no longer an option, unless you want to discuss how I made that putt in the homemade mini golf course. What’s for dinner or what’s the latest graph? We are all meteorologists during hurricane season and now epidemiologists […]
Do you have a stack of journals piling up on your desk, beside your bed or in your email inbox? In 1950, medical knowledge was estimated to double every 50 years, but now the doubling time is every few months. At this rate, it is impossible to keep up with the literature, but a group […]
There is at least one aspect of “Obamacare” that my mother-in-law and I can firmly agree on: hospitals should not get paid for frequent readmissions. The Hospital Readmission Reduction Program (HRRP), enacted by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) in 2012 with the goal of penalizing hospitals for excessive readmissions, has great face […]