Last updated on November 2019

Audiovisual Distraction for Patients Undergoing Total Knee or Hip Replacement Surgery


Brief description of study

The primary purpose of this study is to investigate whether audiovisual distraction can lead to a reduction in standard of care administered intraoperative propofol consumption compared to those who receive propofol sedation alone in adults having total hip or knee replacement surgery under spinal anesthesia.

Detailed Study Description

The perioperative period is often anxiety-provoking experience for many of our patients. Pain and awareness are the two primary concerns voiced most frequently. For total knee and hip replacement surgery, we offer our patients a spinal anesthetic which produces complete sensory blockade below the level of the waist. Despite a completely insensate knee or hip, patients still desire sedation during the surgery in order to remain unaware of their surgical surroundings. Propofol is commonly used in these monitored anesthesia care procedures because of its favorable drug profile. However, we have observed that anesthesia providers often use high infusion rates of propofol in order to achieve 'adequate patient comfort'. In this scenario, providers are often left with the dilemma of providing deeper levels of sedation for a pleasant patient experience and dealing with the potential cardiorespiratory complications that follow from oversedation. Unwanted side-effects include respiratory depression, airway obstruction and hypotension. Clinicians have began looking for other non-pharmacological ways to provide safe anxiolysis in the operating room while avoiding these undesirable side-effects.

Previous studies have shown that audiovisual distraction (AVD) can reduce stress and anxiety during the perioperative period. In 1997, Ganapathy et al. examined the use of sedative medications in elderly patients undergoing orthopedic procedures under spinal anesthesia. They compared patient-controlled propofol administration and anesthesiologist-controlled midazolam and fentanyl administration.This study found that there were no differences in patient satisfaction between the two groups. The secondary outcomes did show that propofol consumption was associated with significantly more episodes of brief respiratory rate depression but did not increase the need for emergency airway interventions.1

Ayoub et al studied propofol consumption in patients undergoing orthopedic procedures under spinal anesthesia using auditory distraction. This study demonstrated that auditory distraction decreased the amount of propofol consumed in patients using auditory distraction compared to those who had propofol sedation alone.2

Lee et al. began to shift the paradigm of medication induced anxiolysis and pain control during painful procedures through a series of studies examining different forms of distraction. An initial study conducted by this group confirmed that audio distraction during stimulating procedures (colonscopies) reduced the amount of propofol required. In 2003, they combined audio and visual distraction in patients undergoing and compared the dosages of propofol required to patients having only visual distraction or no distraction. This study found that patients with both audio and visual distraction required significantly less propofol than patients receiving visual distraction or patient-controlled sedation alone. Other key findings in the AVD group included reduced procedure time, a greater willingness by the patient to repeat the procedure under the same circumstances, and a statistically significant higher satisfaction score with the process.3

None of these studies has attempted to evaluate a possible reduction in propofol consumption for patients having a spinal anesthetic with both audio and visual distraction. We believe the next step to improving the perioperative experience for our patients is to incorporate AVD for patients having total knee and hip replacement surgery under a spinal anesthetic. Our hypothesis is that AVD will significantly reduce standard of care administered propofol consumption while still providing a pleasant experience for our patients and reducing unwanted side-effects associated with higher levels of propofol sedation.

Clinical Study Identifier: NCT03191838

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