CULBERTSON MEMORIAL HOSPITAL: 'Quiet Time’ Policy
Culbertson Memorial Hospital issued the following announcement on Sept. 28.
Hospitals are not known for providing patients with uninterrupted rest and relaxation. There are assessments, tests, treatments, medication administration, housekeeping duties, and therapy. But thanks to a new ‘Quiet Time’ policy, Culbertson Memorial Hospital has designated a specific time frame each day for patients to enjoy less interruptions in hopes of providing a more peaceful, restful environment.
Starting in August, from 1:00-2:30 pm, the lights are dimmed, patient doors are shut, and staff members are encouraged to avoid nonessential patient care to allow patients the opportunity to unwind, relax, and rest.
“This was a group effort by all departments, including nursing staff, therapy, housekeeping, and ancillary staff. Our patients had very few uninterrupted, peaceful moments during their hospitals stays and we knew we had to do something to improve that. We all agreed this was something patients wanted and needed and it also gives our staff a chance to regroup, and catch up on other duties like documentation,” said Rhonda Briney, RN, Med/Surg Supervisor.
Leah Wilson, Chief Nursing Officer, also commented, “We have always had a policy to try and provide Quiet Time during the overnight hours from 9:00 pm to 7:00 am, but felt it was important to add a specific time during the day as well. Our patients have been pleased with this change. Being in the hospital is often stressful, and we not only care about a patient’s physical needs, but their mental and emotional needs as well.”
The importance of rest and sleep cannot be overestimated, even in the hospital, when it comes to healing and recovery.
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Source: Culbertson Memorial Hospital