Playing Music Can Lower Sedation Requirements during Interventional Radiology Procedures

October 1, 2012 | Evaluations & Guidance


A recent study by Kulkarni et al. found that playing patient-selected music during interventional radiology procedures significantly reduces sedation requirements, making the procedures safer and contributing favorably to the overall patient experience.

In addition to using local anesthetic, most interventional radiology procedures place the patient under some degree of conscious sedation. To avoid the small—but potentially life-threatening—risks associated with conscious sedation, the authors state that the dose of and need for conscious sedation drugs should be minimized without compromising patient comfort. The study sought to determine how playing patient-selected music during interventional...

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