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Relaxed & Awake for Medical Procedures
This soothing audiobook for medical procedures was designed at the request of Kaiser Permanente to help patients undergoing cardiac catheterization feel more relaxed and confident during their procedure.
It was adapted for use for a whole range of potentially uncomfortable or unpleasant procedures where it is necessary for patients to be awake - colonoscopies, needle biopsies, getting stitched, gynecological exams, intubations, extubations - anything where the patient's comfort can be improved by taking the anxious mind elsewhere.
The powerful soothing words, music and a pleasing narrative evoke a sense of safety, mastery and control. The effect is to keep muscles relaxed, the psyche calm and the mind engaged in a pleasant journey elsewhere. This also has the effect of making the procedure itself go more quickly and smoothly.
Repeated listening ensures maximum impact, but even listening for the first time during the procedure can make a big difference and be a great help. Written and narrated by noted mind-body, holistic health pioneer Belleruth Naparstek and scored to the exquisite, immersive music of Steven Mark Kohn, this audiobook to help people stay calm during medical procedures was produced by the Cleveland Orchestra's Bruce Gigax.