Wed. Sep 28th, 2022

Barcelona (EFE).- Barcelona’s Hospital del Mar has restarted a trial, which was suspended due to the Covid pandemic, to conduct music to some patients admitted to the ICU to verify its benefits, such as reducing stress levels. and the need to administer sedatives.

The study, conducted in coordination with the Hospital del Mar Medical Research Institute (IMIM), was made possible by a grant from the Manuel Lao Foundation and the collaboration of the Amigos del Hospital del Mar Foundation, which provided funding. Participation of music therapists associated with ‘Huella Sonora Musicoterapia’.

Hospital Del Mar is one of the pioneers in humanizing care for patients admitted to the ICU hospital, with a program that includes therapeutic outings to see the ocean, the use of virtual reality to reduce patient anxiety, and other initiatives.

The study wants to verify how music is applied to patients admitted to the ICU, helping their evolution and hopes to get the first results before six months.

A song adapted to each patient in the ICU

The experience of applying music therapy to ICU patients was interrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic, which forced the closure of a large part of the humanitarian projects in this space, but now, with the resumption of activity, they will take the opportunity to launch. A study that will empirically analyze whether its use is really effective when treating people admitted to the ICU.

“The purpose of humanization programs is to advance the patient’s recovery process more quickly, be discharged earlier and do so with fewer sequelae,” explained Joan Ramon Masclans, chief of Hospital Del Mar’s Intensive Medicine Service.

According to the doctor, these activities also affect families, reduce their anxiety levels and also affect health workers, who have been hit hard by the epidemic.

Music therapy is based on the application of a musical program individually adapted to respond to each patient’s situation, evolution and ability to react, with the intention of helping their evolution, reducing stress levels and facilitating their interaction with their environment.

Walking to see the sea at the Hospital del Mar in Barcelona
Walking to see the sea at the Hospital del Mar in Barcelona. EFE / Enric Fontcuberta

“Furthermore, it is hoped that this humanization tool will reduce the need for sedative and anxiolytic drugs. And, therefore, reduce possible drug interactions and adverse effects of these drugs”, added Christina, assistant doctor of the Intensive Medicine Service and one of the coordinators of the humanization program. Clement.

The study will focus on patients with delirium, hyperactive or hypoactive disorders and examine the effect of music therapy on reducing the incidence of delirium in these patients.

“Delirium is a frequent and serious consequence of patients who require ICU admission and is associated with serious complications,” said Irene Dott, an assistant physician in the ICU.

The study plans to collect saliva samples before and after the intervention to analyze certain metabolites that act as indicators of the patient’s stress levels and well-being, in order to determine the benefit of the action on their condition.

A therapeutic walk to see the ocean

In addition to therapeutic outings for ICU patients to see the ocean, with family and friends, the Hospital Del Mar ICU uses virtual reality technology to help patients improve their mood and practice physical recovery.

Now they are also working to allow the entry of therapeutic animals and, as the epidemic is released, they are thinking of restoring the possibility that patients are always with their relatives and that they can cooperate in the care they receive. .

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