Music and animals have a distinct ability to improve a patient's mood and outlook. Anxiety among patients in the intensive care unit (ICU) is often understandably heightened. Patients are confronted with unfamiliar surroundings and intrusive procedures, including being on mechanical ventilation.
Music and pet therapy are two integrative approaches that may alleviate such anxiety and reduce sedation frequency and intensity. In this webcast from the Society of Critical Care Medicine's (SCCM) Project Dispatch series, The Impact of Pet and Music Therapy on the Critically Ill, expert faculty will share their unique experiences with integrative therapies for patients and families in the ICU.
Linda Chlan, PhD, RN, FAAN, reviews the results of her randomized clinical trial published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, "Effects of Patient-Directed Music Intervention on Anxiety and Sedative Exposure in Critically Ill Patients Receiving Mechanical Ventilators Support." Erika Gonzalez, MSN, RN, CCRN, discusses her critical care unit's implementation of music and pet therapy.
Linda Chlan, Erika Gonzalez