Barcelona (EFE).- 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 admitted to intensive care to test its benefits, such as a reduction in stress levels and the need to administer sedatives.

The study, which is being carried out in coordination with the Hospital del Mar Institute of Medical Research (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’.

Hospital del Mar’s ICU is a pioneer in humanizing inpatient care, with a program that includes therapeutic outings to see the sea, the use of virtual reality to reduce anxiety patients and other initiatives.

The study wants to verify how music in ICU, applied to admitted patients, helps their evolution and hopes to have the first results before six months.

Music in intensive care adapted to each patient

The experience of applying music therapy to intensive care patients has been interrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic, which has forced the cessation of much of the humanization projects in this space, but now, with the restarting the activity, they will take the opportunity to launch a study which will empirically analyze whether its use is really useful when treating people admitted to intensive care.

“The objective of humanization programs is for the patient to progress more quickly in his recovery process, to come out earlier and to do so with fewer sequelae”, explained the head of the intensive medicine service at Hospital del Mar, Joan Ramon Masclans.

According to the doctor, these actions also have an effect on the families, reducing their level of anxiety and also on the health personnel, who have been hit hard by the pandemic.

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

Walks to see the sea at the Hospital del Mar in Barcelona
Walks to see the sea at the Hospital del Mar in Barcelona. EFE / Enric Fontcuberta

“Furthermore, it is expected that with this humanization tool, the need for sedative and anxiolytic drugs will be reduced. And, therefore, reduce possible drug interactions and the undesirable effects of these drugs, ”added the assistant doctor 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, either 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 serious consequence of patients who need to be admitted to intensive care and is associated with serious complications,” said Irene Dot, who is also an assistant physician in intensive care.

The study plans to collect saliva samples before and after the intervention to analyze certain metabolites that function as indicators of the level of stress and well-being of the patient, 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 ICU patients to see the sea, in the company of family and friends, at Hospital del Mar ICU, they also use virtual reality technology to enhance the patients’ mood and help with physical recovery exercises.

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 accompanied by their loved ones at all times and that they can collaborate in the care that is theirs. are lavished. .

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