From nursery rhymes to AC/DC: Lady Cilento emergency ward uses power of music
The healing power of music is being harnessed in emergency rooms at Brisbane’s Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital to ensure young patients remain settled during procedures.
The hospital is the first in Australia to have a dedicated paediatric music therapy service team inside a paediatric emergency unit.
Maggie Leung, clinical leader of the music therapy department, said the seven-member team helped children at crucial moments in theatre.
“When we know a child is in distress due to being scared, in pain or if a procedure needs to be done, our doctors call us in to help,” she said.
“We bring our guitar in and start singing to calm everyone down and it distracts the child so the doctor can start the procedure quickly.
“That allows the treatment to start and it improves efficiency and improves processing time to get the medicine into the child quicker.”
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