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March 2014

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Exciting News from the AORN conference in Chicago

I have just returned from a very exciting and energizing conference in Chicago, sponsored by the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses. The reason that I went, of course, is to show and demonstrate the Surgical Serenity Headphones. The AORN conference is the largest collection of exclusively operating room vendors and the RN's that work there, in the country.

I had two long days of showing, demonstrating, and explaining the headphones and proprietary music to nurses, doctors, hospital administrators, and medical salespeople, and the results were simply fantastic! Let me just start by saying that every single person that I talked to said that they thought this is a great idea that will undoubtedly be used in every hospital in the world eventually.  The consensus seems to be that this is an idea whose time has come. 

Hospitals from coast to coast, including children's hospitals, cancer hospitals, rehab hospitals, and cosmetic surgery "spas" expressed great interest and support for the cordless, pre-programmed headphones and the proprietary music. I even had nurses pointing out benefits to me, that I had not thought of.  Some of the really great ones follow:

"these headphones are great, the way they go behind the neck and hook over the ears because that way, the full face is clear in case a patient needs to be 'rescued' during surgery!"

"allow hospitals to 'trial' the headphones so you can gather more data about effectiveness of headphones as well as increasing patient satisfaction scores."

"in the recovery room, the headphones will decrease the amount of narcotics and anti-emetics and increase patient satisfaction scores."

"since you're now in the VA Hospital System, offer these to the 'Wounded Warrior" programs, where soldiers are suffering from severe and painful PTSD.  (After yesterday's second tragedy at Ft. Hood, Texas, we can only imagine how treatment with specially chosen music, might have helped the Vet, who was suffering from PTSD!)

At the end of the conference, I was fortunate enough to meet Deb Cooksey, VP of  AORN and an MBA as well as  RN and MS degrees. She was extremely encouraging to me and suggested I propose a break-out session for the Denver conference next year. So many exciting new ideas both on the clinical and the business front. I'd love to hear your thoughts and ideas on this, too!

   Healing Music Blog

Why music is powerful medicine?

Today, we have a guest post by an author who is a Canadian health expert, and specialist in the field of music therapy. Please feel free to contact us if you have more questions.

Music as medicine

For centuries people have used music to soothe others; this is why mothers sing to their babies. It has also been used to lift the spirits of those feeling depressed, and to bring confidence to soldiers going into battle. Yet it is only recently that music has been recognized as a serious tool with which to tackle health problems. Now, as music therapy takes off in earnest, people are taking a fresh look at all the ways music can help us to feel better.

The physical effects of music

Music affects the body in several direct, verifiable ways. They include the following:
     ◾ Steadying the heart rate by matching it to the beat.
     ◾ Steadying the breathing.
     ◾ Slowing the production of the ‘stress hormone’ cortisol.
     ◾ Relaxing muscles.
     ◾ Boosting healthy immune responses.

By influencing the body in these ways, music can lower stress levels and reduce the risk of several major health problems occurring, including heart disease and stroke. What’s more, it can make people feel happier and more relaxed in the process.

The use of music in these areas is growing increasingly common because where a health problem is not so severe that an immediate medical intervention is needed, it can provide a less damaging means of addressing that problem. Unlike many medications music has no negative side effects.

Music as a distraction

Music is now used in a number of medical contexts to distract people from stress and pain, making it easier for them to cope with difficult situations. For instance, dentists may use it to help their patients feel calm, and it is piped into MRI machines – at the patient’s request – to drown out unpleasant noises and help them relax while they have to keep still. It can also be used to make hospital environments less stressful for children.
Music and disability

Some people with mental health problems and learning disorders find music helpful not just because it reduces stress but also because it helps them to order their thoughts. This is thought to be because of its impact on key neurons in the brainstem. Essentially, it creates order through rhythm. Music is now routinely used in social care and learning support for people in these groups.

A related approach to this is the use of music to help reorient people with dementia and to help stroke survivors recover their motor skills.

Music therapy

Music therapy is currently one of the fastest growing allied health professions and is the focus of a great deal of research, including work looking at the direct biological effects of certain sound frequencies. Scientists also measure the different behaviors of the brain with and without musical stimulation in order to better understand how music can be used to change thought patterns. In some instances it can help patients to break out of cyclical patterns of depressive thought, and patients can learn to use it themselves to recover from panic attacks.

Further information about music therapy can be found on this health advice site.

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    Surgery and Music Blog

Surgery with Music: FAQ’s

Are you having surgery? Are you scared of the pain, the anesthesia, the time off work, the side-effects of all the medications you’ll be given? These are all common, and VALID concerns. Surgery is serious business, but there are times that it really must be done to improve quality of life, to prolong life, or to enhance life.

Over the past 5 or 6 decades, surgery has become a much safer endeavor as hospital OR conditions have improved and methods of sterilization and decontamination have stepped into the 21st century. Many companies have created tools to make the patient more comfortable during the entire procedure, from warming the sheets and giving the patient fuzzy foot-cover, to lightweight headphones that deliver specially-chosen music for surgery, wirelessly and cordlessly!

Here are some of the most frequently-asked questions that I get about the benefits of music during surgery:

1.What are the benefits of music during surgery:

Patients using music (through cordless headphones) pre-surgery, during and after surgery, report less fear and anxiety medication before procedure, less anesthesia during surgery, and less pain medication after surgery. They also report fewer side-effects from the anesthesia, such as nausea and vomiting, and a faster return to home, work and life in general! In addition, when patient receives the music through headphones, the surgeon can have his own more upbeat music, and the patient isn’t affected by that. Also, conversations that the doctors and nurses have, that patient doesn’t want to hear, will be obscured. Finally, with Baby boomers having more and more joint replacement surgeries, patients don’t have to hear the drilling, sawing and hammering that goes on.

2. What are the drawbacks of music during surgery:

Absolutely none!

3. Do the headphones block all sounds in the OR?

No, the surgical headphones are intended to greatly decrease the OR noises, but during regional anesthesia and surgery, the patient can still hear questions that the doctor might need to ask.

4. Will my doctors approve of this?

Most doctors do approve of the use of headphones during surgery. The surgeon and the anesthesiologist both need to give their approval. It is important to print out our free article entitled “How to Talk with Your Doctor about Using Music During Surgery.”

5. How did you choose the music on the headphones?

I have been helping patients choose their perfect music for surgery for almost 25 years. I had been reading about the benefits of music in reducing medication and calming the patient, but through my own personal research and experience, I discovered that slow, steady, soothing instrumental music, that has the tempo of the healthy, resting heartbeat is ideal. This is what get the entrainment process going, and even when the patient is under general anesthesia, the body’s heartbeat, breathing and blood pressure all tend to stabilize and synchronize with the slow, steady pulse of the music.

6. Can I continue to use them after surgery?

Yes. The headphones include a USB cable and charger so that after your surgery or other medical procedure, you can connect the headphones to your laptop and load hundreds more pieces or songs of your choice. With care, your headphones should last for many years!

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    Brain and Music Blog

Music used to assist Veterans in dealing with post-war stressors

It’s hard to imagine anything that is more stressful than the day-to-day life of an active duty soldier.  Those that survive the wars often return with all kinds of stress-related disorders, including, but not limited to PTSD.  Now a program devoted to  helping these Vets use music to cope with their traumatic experiences and memories is being conducted in Montclair, NJ.  Enjoy this news story, that came my way earlier today!

“During stressful times as a combat medic in Afghanistan, Mason Sullivan found solace in Vivaldi. New Jersey native Nairobi Cruz was comforted by country music, a genre she had never heard before joining the Army. For Jose Mercedes, it was an eclectic iPod mix that helped him cope with losing an arm during a tour of duty in Iraq.

These three young veterans all say music played a crucial role in alleviating the stresses of active duty. Now, all three are enrolled in a program that hopes to use music to ease their reintegration into civilian life. (When I wrote this blog post, I had no idea how timely it would be for our March 2014 Healing Music Ezine!)  [Read More ...]

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    Alice H. Cash

For nearly two decades, I've been helping people use the music that they already love to heal their lives and increase their wellness quotient!  I am one of the world's only clinical musicologists and hold  a Masters degree in piano performance, a Ph.D. in musicology and a Master of Social Work in clinical social work.  I am also a licensed clinical social worker. I work with people and diagnoses of all kinds, enabling them to find healing, acceptance and hope.

I love performing, researching, and teaching and have put them all together in a career called "Music Medicine." 

Surgical Serenity Solutions featured in Local Magazine

One of the challenges that we musicians, music therapists, and clinical musicologists have is publicity. With the internet and the world wide web, we now have the possibility of electronic magazines (ezines), blogs, Facebook, Twitter and so much more.

Thanks to all of the new “social media” options, millions more people are now aware of the healing power of music. And this week, out came one more great article about the Surgical Serenity Solution. 

Today's Woman.
December, 2013  http://issuu.com/todayswoman.com/ 

See you next month!!

 Alice Cash        


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