Reading as a Nursing Intervention for Agitation in Patients With Anoxic Brain Injury

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Abstract

Purpose:

The purpose of this article is to describe and recommend reading as a nursing intervention for agitated patients with anoxic brain injury.

Design:

The design of this study is a case report of the results from reading to an agitated patient with anoxic brain injury.

Methods:

Observation of the effects of reading to an agitated patient.

Findings:

Fifteen minutes of reading to an agitated patient during the evening hours had a calming effect.

Conclusions:

Reading to agitated patients is an additional nursing intervention with little risk and represents efficient, patient-centered care.

Clinical Relevance:

Reading is a successful nursing intervention that has a calming effect on agitated patients.

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