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1 2 • O U T PA T I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E • A U G U S T 2 0 1 9 H aving music playing in a surgical facil- ity can make patients more comfortable. As a nurse who's also a Julliard-trained violin- ist, I've taken it a step further by performing live, when I have the time, for individual patients. It's delivered therapeutic benefits and pleasantly surprising results. If you have musicians in your facility — or if you're one yourself — you might want to try it, too. Because this is unorthodox, you'll need buy-in from your superiors. My patients won my bosses over. The minute patients are exposed to it, they'll sell it for you. They'll be your biggest fans. Our administra- tion and managers were overwhelmed by that feedback. And they're thrilled from a marketing standpoint. We've gotten great word of mouth and local television coverage from this. Live music can also help you individualize the patient care experi- ence. I ask patients what their preferences are. I won't play my classi- cal stuff if they want something different. Some like gospel, country, popular tunes. Play whatever makes them feel good. So much of heal- ing is psychological and spiritual — having the will to live, feeling at peace. Music plays really strongly into that. Music therapists find that when patients are exposed to music, their anxiety levels go down, less Live Music Can Bring Happiness and Healing to Patients • TAKING NOTES Sara Kapinos, RN, has played for audiences all over the world. Now she's promoting mental and physical healing through her music at her hospital. Bridgton (Maine) Hospital, Central Maine Healthcare Ideas Work That

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