The effects of music in the operating room

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The first potential risk of listening to music under anesthesia involving the cardiovascular system is the concentration of the anesthetic. Since each individual has his or her own way of processing anesthetics, each individual metabolizes the drugs at their own rate. When the brain processes auditory stimuli, heart rate can increase, causing an increased metabolism. This increased metabolism allows the body to metabolize the anesthetic faster, potentially causing a patient to become more conscious during a procedure. In order to stop this from happening while the music is playing, the anesthesiologist would have to increase the dose of anesthetic, causing further complications with heart rate, breathing, and blood pressure. Another risk with the increased heart rate from the processing of music is increased blood flow. Bleeding during surgery itself is already a problem, but having more bleeding from music could cause further risk and even death. An increase in heart rate pumps more blood faster to all parts of the body. Since the processing of music causes an increase in heart rate, an increase in the amount of blood can potentially be lost. A person with high blood pressure would make this problem even worse since a greater volume of blood is carried through each pulse, leading to extreme blood loss. Also, patients on blood thinners without going into surgery have problems bleeding out fast from minor cuts, so having a major bleed out from an increased heart rate in surgery could be potentially fatal. These risks of complications need to be reduced by the removal of music in the operating room. It is too dangerous to let even one person be affected by these fatal risks. Not only does the processing of music affect... ... middle of paper ... ... listen to music while operating. Even though the patient is significantly effected by the music, the doctors can be affected to, and it should not be taken lightly. The communication among the surgical team is key when operating on a patient because what they correlates directly with the patients. Conversations about surgical procedures and medication doses are very important and should not be disrupted by any means. With the studies done, music is shown to disrupt these conversation by a decrease in auditory and communication skills. Words are misheard and misinterpreted which could lead to detrimental effects on the patient on the receiving end of the orders of medication or surgical procedures. The patients’ safety is what is important during an operation, and doctors should not let their want of music during surgery allow a patient’s safety to be hindered.

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