For patients having surgery, it is of the utmost important that their vital signs are stable. The surgeon and anesthesiologist want to be sure that the patient’s heartbeat and breathing are slow and steady. If nothing is done to assure this, there is a good chance that more anxiety medication will be needed to relax the patient.
However music could be used to accomplish the very same thing, with little or no medication.
Why don’t more surgeons and anesthesiologists do this? Mainly because they don’t even know that it’s an option! Surgical Serenity Solutions has been around since 2009 and our company has been growing steadily, but we’re still a very small fish in the pond of hospitals.
Most people go into surgery with lots of fear and trepidation. Until recently, surgical patients mostly did not read up about the procedure in advance and just wanted to turn it all over to the doctors and get it over with. Now, patients are much more eager and able to go online to reputable medical sites and get some accurate and helpful information about how to prepare for surgery.
Part of this new plethora of information is the fact that music for the patient during surgery can actually decrease the amount of medication that the patient would need to reduce anxiety and pain perception. And it’s not just surgery!
What usually happens with a patient about to go into surgery or a hospital-based test
The patient in the picture above is just recovering from a colonoscopy where she was sedated with propofol. Normally, patients are given Valium or other benzodiazepines before they are taken back for the procedure but thanks to the soothing music on the pre-loaded headphones, she skipped the Valium entirely and was wide-awake and ready to go to breakfast about 30 minutes after this picture was taken!
As a clinical musicologist I knew that music for medical procedures needed to be a slow, steady tempo that would entrain or synchronize the tempo of the music to the tempo of the healthy, resting heartbeat. Luckily, there is lots of music that has this slow, steady tempo. But sequencing this music carefully so that it easily flows from one piece into the next is very important and requires musical knowledge and training.
Our five playlists in five different genres are loaded onto headphones that can accommodate a micro-SD card and delivered to hospitals in boxes of 12, 20, or 50. Patients have a choice of which headphone playlist they can choose. The genres are Classical, Jazz, New Age, Lullabies, or Memory Care. To order these headphones for your hospitals, surgery center, or dental office, go to www.SurgicalSerenitySolutions.com/20-pre-loaded-headphones-for-hospitals/
Included with the headphones is a package of 50 pair of disposable earpiece covers. We can get them to you oftentimes in less than a week and will replace any headphone that does not perform. Currently, this has never happened!
The link between patient satisfaction and hospital reimbursement
Increasing patient satisfaction and decreasing the amount of anxiety and pain perception a patients experiences is such an important job! Most for-profit hospitals are reimbursed by Medicare according to patient satisfaction ratings. For each regularly performed procedure, a set amount is reimbursed. But there is a star system and the stars are given according to patient satisfaction.
Don’t leave it up to chance. In this time of opioid addiction and chemical dependency, let music help your patient heal and recover naturally.