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Does music harm patients after cardiac surgery? A randomized, controlled study

Author(s): P. Iblher | H. Mahler | H. Heinze | M. Hüppe | K.-F. Klotz | W. Eichler

Journal: Applied Cardiopulmonary Pathophysiology
ISSN 0920-5268

Volume: 15;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 14;
Date: 2011;
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Keywords: intensive care | music | cardiac surgery | postoperative complaints | accoustic shielding

Background: Positive effects of music on the state of mood as well as on anxiety, pain and physiological measures were described for the postoperative setting on the ICU. Objectives: To examine the influence of a music intervention in the early postoperative period on patients undergoing open heart surgery. Methods: We examined 126 patients undergoing open cardiac surgery, randomly assigned to one of five groups: 1) Music intervention transmitted by a closed headphone for 60 minutes immediately after arrival on the ICU, 2) Like (1) but only headphone without music, 3) Music intervention transmitted by a closed headphone for 60 minutes immediately after discontinuation of sedation, 4) like (3) but only headphone without music 5) Control without headphone or music. Music intervention was provided by a conventional CD player. For the self assessment of postoperative complaints and patient satisfaction we used the Anaesthesiological Questionaire (ANP2). Furthermore blood pressure, heart rate and infused catecholamines, peripheral saturation and consumption on opiod analgesics were recorded. Results: We found no difference between the five groups. In the analysis of variance for the factor music there was a significant increase of pain in the operated area, thirst, nausea and remembrance of the postoperative period with music in the ANP (p
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