Patients with acute wounds often experience pain during dressing changes. Prior to these procedures, patients are informed of what to expect during dressing changes. Unfortunately, in a series of case studies the CWOCN found that patients become very self-absorbed and anxious with much anticipation to the activity. Using a tablet, patients were offered to listen to music tracks of their preferred choice. This deviation strategy has reduced significantly the amount of narcotics used prior by half the dose or a third.
The findings revealed that the use of various styles of music based on patients’ choice contributed to a positive experience for patients during complex dressing changes.