We’ve established that anesthesia is a modern wonder, of sorts. Nevertheless, we also established that it carries with it certain risks and dangers, the worst of which would be an untimely death. Anesthesia MUST be administered by a medical specialist, an anesthesiologist who has gone beyond the MD degree to specialize in anesthesia.
Besides finding the very best anesthesiologist your hospital offers, what else can you do? You already know that I’m going to recommend using slow, steady, purely instrumental music that has the tempo of the resting healthy heartbeat. And not from a nearby boombox or ipod on speakers or even an iPod with earbuds. My recommendation is to use cordless/wireless headphones that are already pre-programmed with the ideal music for surgery under general anesthesia.
Why? Because we know that even when the hearing has shut down from the effects of the general anesthesia, the body still responds to the vibrations coming through the headphones into the body. When this happends, the process called entrainment is triggered and the heartrate and breathing synchronize with the music, keeping the body relaxed and in need of less anesthesia. Just imagine how nervous your would be if you knew your body had a serious problem and you were going to be put to sleep and operated on? Your body would be very tense and it would like require more anesthesia to put you to sleep that if you’ve been listening to slow, steady music for 45 mins or so before you’re taken into surgery? At this moment, a scientific study is being done with our headphones at a large hospital here in Lousiville, KY to measure the exact effects and benefits of these headphones. Tomorrow we’ll look into the benefits of these headphones with regional anesthesia!