Shortening the length of stay and mechanical ventilation time by using positive suggestions via MP3 players for ventilated patients

Adrienn K. Szilágyi, Csaba Diószeghy, Gábor Fritúz, János Gál, Katalin Varga

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Abstract

Long stay in intensive care unit (ICU) and prolonged ventilation are deleterious for subsequent quality of life and surcharge financial capacity. We have already demonstrated the beneficial effects of using suggestive communication on recovery time during intensive care. The aim of our present study was to prove the same effects with standardized positive suggestive message delivered by an MP3 player. Patients ventilated in ICU were randomized into a control group receiving standard ICU treatment and two groups with a standardized pre-recorded material delivered via headphones: a suggestive message about safety, self-control, and recovery for the study group and a relaxing music for the music group. Groups were similar in terms of age, gender, and mortality, but the SAPS II scores were higher in the study group than that in the controls (57.8 ± 23.6 vs. 30.1 ± 15.5 and 33.7 ± 17.4). Our post-hoc analysis results showed that the length of ICU stay (134.2 ± 73.3 vs. 314.2 ± 178.4 h) and the time spent on ventilator (85.2 ± 34.9 vs. 232.0 ± 165.6 h) were significantly shorter in the study group compared to the unified control. The advantage of the structured positive suggestive message was proven against both music and control groups.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3-15
Number of pages13
JournalInterventional Medicine and Applied Science
Volume6
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 1 2014

Keywords

  • cost effectiveness
  • intensive therapy
  • length of stay in ICU
  • mechanical ventilation
  • positive suggestions
  • psychological support

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)

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