SPOTLIGHT: Summer Fitts, RN, BSN, CPAN
Quality Improvement Analyst
Vanderbilt Children's Hospital
Type of project: EBP Nursing; randomized control trial
Title of project: “Tonsils with a Tune, Recovering with Rhythm: The Effects of Music Medicine on Pediatric Adenotonsillectomy Postoperative Pain and Anxiety”
Co-authors involved in this publication: Angela Alexander, RN, BSN
Description of project:. An 80-patient, randomized control trial evaluating the effects of passive listening to music, otherwise known as “music medicine,” on postoperative pain, perioperative anxiety, and patient satisfaction in children, aged 7-18, undergoing adenotonsillectomy at Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital.
Why you chose this project:
I chose this project because our unit wanted to improve patient outcomes after patients underwent adenotonsillectomy. Pediatric adenotonsillectomy is a common surgical procedure in which patients experience moderate to severe levels of pain.2 Music medicine is inexpensive and easy to administer. Literature states that there are multiple positive clinical effects of the passive listening to music, however there are few studies done with children, and even fewer studies with children undergoing surgery.
Presentation and publication as a result of this project:
Notes from the spotlight: (Implications of findings for nurses or recommendations for future research)