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.