Auditory Intraoperative Stimulation Effects on Pain and Agitation at Awakening (AUDIOPAW)

2019-10-08 08:47:33 | BioPortfolio


Adenotonsillectomy (AT) is one of the most common pediatric surgical procedures. The management of postoperative pain and agitation after AT is still a controversial issue. Safety considerations limit the use of opioids and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, leading to inadequate control of the high levels of postoperative pain experienced by AT patients. Along with pain killers, non-pharmacological strategies have remarkable impact on pain management in children. A systematic review and meta-analysis published in The Lancet in 2015 on adult patients suggest that auditory stimulation with music in the perioperative setting, and even when patients are under general anaesthesia, can reduce postoperative pain, anxiety, and analgesia needs. The authors concluded that there is sufficient evidence to implement auditory stimulation in the treatment of all adult surgical patients, regardless of the mode of administration. Up to now, no research has investigated the effects of intraoperative auditory stimulation on pain and agitation upon awakening after AT in the pediatric population. Objective of this study is to determine the effects of intraoperative auditory stimulation on pain and agitation upon awakening after pediatric AT.

Study Design


Procedural Anxiety


Music, Mother's lap, Soundproof earplugs


Institute for Maternal and Child Health - IRCCS Burlo Garofolo-




IRCCS Burlo Garofolo

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