Barcelona (EFE) .- The Hospital del Mar in Barcelona has restarted a trial, which had to be suspended due to the covid pandemic, to administer music to some patients hospitalized in intensive care to verify the benefits, such as the reduction of levels of stress and the need to administer sedatives.

The study, which takes place in coordination with the Hospital del Mar Medical Research Institute (IMIM), was able to resume thanks to a donation from the Manuel Lao Foundation and the collaboration of the Amigos del Hospital del Mar Foundation, which finances the participation of music therapists linked to ‘Huella Sonora Musicoterapia’.

The Hospital del Mar ICU is one of the pioneers in the humanization of care for hospitalized patients, with a program that includes therapeutic outings to see the sea, the use of virtual reality to reduce patient anxiety and other initiatives.

The study wants to verify how music in intensive care, applied to hospitalized patients, helps their evolution and expects to have the first results within six months.

Intensive care music adapted to each patient

The experience of applying music therapy to ICU patients has been interrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic, which has forced most of the humanization projects in this space to stop, but now, with the resumption of activity, they will take advantage of it to launch a study that will empirically analyze whether its use is really useful in the treatment of people admitted to intensive care.

“The goal of humanization programs is for the patient to evolve more rapidly in the healing process, be discharged earlier and do so with fewer sequelae,” explained the head of the Hospital del Mar Intensive Medicine Service, Joan Ramon Masclans.

According to the doctor, these actions also affect families, reducing their levels of anxiety and also on health personnel, hard hit by the pandemic.

Music therapy is based on the application of a musical program adapted to each patient individually to respond to his situation, evolution and ability to respond, with the aim of helping his evolution, reducing stress levels and facilitating his interaction with the patient. ‘environment.

Stroll to see the sea at Barcelona's Hospital del Mar
Stroll to see the sea at Barcelona’s Hospital del Mar. EFE / Enric Fontcuberta

“In addition, the need for sedative and anxiolytic drugs is expected to be reduced with this humanization tool. And, therefore, reduce the possible drug interactions and the adverse effects of these drugs ”, added the medical assistant of the Intensive Medicine Service and one of the coordinators of the humanization program, Cristina Climent.

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

“Delirium is a frequent and severe consequence of patients requiring ICU admission and is associated with serious complications,” said Irene Dot, who is also a medical assistant in the ICU.

The study plans to collect saliva samples before and after surgery to analyze some metabolites that function as indicators of the patient’s stress levels and well-being, in order to determine the benefits of the action on his condition.

Therapeutic walks to see the sea

In addition to making therapeutic outings for patients in intensive care to see the sea, in the company of family and friends, in the intensive care of the Hospital del Mar they also use virtual reality technology to improve the mood of patients and help in the exercises of physical recovery.

Now they are also working to allow the entry of therapeutic animals and, with the remission of the pandemic, they are thinking of recovering the possibility that patients are always accompanied by their relatives and that they can collaborate in the care they are given.

Web editor: Rocío Casas

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