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Music Therapy with Neuraxial Anesthesia for Preventing Postop Delirium: A Case Report
Ryan Ostlerᶲ; Eric Kim, D.O.*; Justo Gonzalez, M.D.⁺
ᶲOhio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine, Athens, OH
*Department of Anesthesia, Cleveland Clinic South Pointe Hospital
⁺Regional Practice Anesthesiology, Cleveland Clinic
Postoperative delirium is associated with increased mortality and hospital length of stay. Incidence in elderly patients is 13%. Risk factors include preexisting cognitive deficit and advanced age over 75 years.
There is increasing interest within the medical community to apply alternative treatments in lieu of pharmacologic sedation.
We present below a case of successfully using intraoperative music therapy with neuraxial anesthesia to avoid postoperative delirium in a patient with multiple risk factors.