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~ Anodyne Imagery: Imagining Away the Pain
Radio Broadcast on Anodyne with Larry Burk, MD
Practitioners and patients have reported many benefits
Anodyne in a wide variety of clinical and personal contexts.
Here are some comments...
From the abstract to Anodyne Imagery: An
Alternative to IV Sedation in Interventional Radiology
"Intrapatient comparison showed significantly lower median drug use with
Anodyne imagery than without (0.1 vs. 5.3 drug units, p=.01)."
"During their post procedural checks, all patients expressed great appreciation and
gratitude for the imagery process. One patient wrote a complimentary letter."
"As a side effect, Anodyne created a pleasant atmosphere for the personnel in
the Interventional suite. In particular, one procedure was technically extremely
challenging, and the quiet, contented composure of the patient greatly helped the
interventional radiologist proceed successfully."
American Journal of Roentgenology, May, 1994
"Although I was skeptical at first, I now realize through my own experience
that we have real tools to access the mind in ways I never thought possible."
W.B., MD, Anesthesiologist California Pacific Medical Center, San
"I feel fortunate to have had the Anodyne training. The effects of Anodyne on
patients in the MRI and Interventional Radiology setting have been dramatic. Patients are
reporting feelings of deep relaxation and decreased perception of pain and anxiety
during the exam.
"The Anodyne experience has changed my life in such a positive way. I, too, am
much more relaxed, and yet focused in my work environment. I would love to see Anodyne
incorporated into the curriculum of nursing and medical schools and other related
disciplines. I believe once patients experience Anodyne, they will come to expect it from
their health care providers."
B.H., R.N., University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics
"My first angiogram was painful and I was very anxious, and it took me
three days to recover from the drugs. During my second angiogram I used no medication.
I had Anodyne instead. I was on the table for three and a half hours, and I reduced my
blood pressure from 210/110 to \139/80, something I had not been able to achieve with beta
blockers in three months. This encounter greatly improved my tolerance of the pain,
greatly reduced my anxiety, reduced the recovery time required, and provided me with a
very useful tool for managing pain after I left."
T. A., patient Duke University Medical Center, Durham , NC
"Anodyne has helped me connect better with patients; to help them through
their studies with little or no anxiety. Many patients have stated that they appreciate
the extra care.
"Anodyne has also helped us to get clearer pictures of our roles in the department,
which enables us to help the department and other technologists function better and
smoother with fewer conflicts."
C.F., CRT, VA Hospital, Palo Alto, CA
"Anodyne training provided immediate benefits in terms of increased patient
satisfaction, and also presented a significant opportunity for our staff to learn personal
stress management and communication skills which have created a more relaxed work
L.B., MD, Radiologist Duke University Medical Center, Durham , NC