Medical Research Studies
Research on the beneficial effects of music in medicine comes from many different disciplines. These include surgery, anesthesia, music therapy, pain medicine, complementary medicine, geriatrics and obstetrics/neonatology. These studies range from small N=40 studies, to studies including hundreds of patients. Across the board, the summaries reveal that music is a safe but powerful anxiety and pain reducing agent and that it should be strongly considered in the peri-operative period.
Until very recently, it was assumed that having music during the actual surgery, when under general anesthesia, would be pointless because the patient would literally not hear it! For this reason, surgeons and OR staff often chose their preferred music which was upbeat and energizing for long surgeries. Doctors and patients tell me on a regular music that doctors asked them what kind of music they wanted to hear, going to sleep, and then changed it to their preferred music.
The Surgical Serenity Solution is founded on the idea that music affects the body profoundly, even when the patient is asleep, because of well-documented phenomenon known as rhythmic entrainment. Because of rhythmic entrainment, the patient’s heart-rate and breathing begin to synchronize with the pulse of the slow, steady music, coming through cordless headphones. As a result, the patient begins to relax while in the pre-op area and is anesthetized faster and with less anesthesia in the OR. Having the music flowing through our cordless headphones, directly into the brain through the eighth cranial nerve, keeps the patients vital signs stabilized as entrainment takes hold.
When the patient arrives in the recovery area, they wake up faster and with less nausea and vomiting as a result of having less anesthesia and from having our scientifically chosen soothing music throughout the surgery.
Other benefits include allowing the surgeons to play their own preferred music through the surgery, because the patient has their ideal music playing through cordless headphones that effectively block the OR music and conversations that might be better not heard by the patient. Then there’s the HIPAA issue. Apparently, OR’s are experiencing serious overcrowding these days and often have to put many patients in the hall, awaiting their surgeries. When this happens, patient confidentiality is seriously compromised as doctors and nurses tend to and talk with their patients, inadvertently revealing sensitive information.
Following is a list of studies that we have organized into pre-surgery studies, music during surgery studies, and post-anesthesia recovery studies. We hope you’ll find these interesting and convincing!