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

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


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


Observation of the effects of reading to an agitated patient.


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


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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