So, have you ever tried to start an IV on a child only to find that their anxiety and expectation of pain made it that much harder to get? What if I gave you a magical solution to make the whole process easier for you and less painful for the child? That’s exactly what researchers at the University of Alberta were looking at when they did a clinical trial on the effect of music as a pain reduction and distraction aid for children in the ER.

Music Soothes Pain

Girl-Listening-Music-song-headphonesThey found that when songs were played that were appropriate for the age of the child during the placement of an intravenous line, children perceived less pain and healthcare professionals found the entire procedure easier to perform and did so with more satisfaction on their part. This is not the first such study to find the benefits of music in the healthcare setting. A similar trial lasting 14 months looked at music therapy performed with adolescents and adults during painful procedures and all reported reduced pain when music was present.

This intervention for pain reduction is increasingly easy to implement at this time of mobile music devices and the ability of patients and caregivers to carry a variety of songs around with them in their pockets. I urge you to begin thinking about utilizing music therapy during procedures as a way to help the patient remained anxiety free and reduce their pain.

Music Soothes Nurse, Too

There is, of course, the added benefit that music also reduces your anxiety and it seems to make the procedures more satisfying for the caregiver at the same time. What do you think? Leave me a comment on this article or shoot me an email to I look forward to hearing from you.


Make sure you follow-up on the links for this news item and all of the other news and additional resource links from this week’s episode – Nurse Informatics Trends, Smart Pumps, and Episode 354.


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