Quiet Time Enhances Patient Care at Good Samaritan Hospital
November 21, 2011
(West Islip, NY) – Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center has developed a hospital-wide protocol, “Quiet Time”, to better promote healing. Research has shown that a therapeutic environment requires both physical surroundings that are conducive to rest and an organizational culture that supports patients and families amid the stresses imposed by illness and hospitalization. By providing a peaceful setting, Good Samaritan advances each patient’s recovery and well-being.
Twice a day, a soothing message announces the beginning of Quiet Time. This overhead announcement serves as a signal to implement the “Quiet Bundle”, a group of activities proven to have a positive effect for optimal recovery. Dimmed lights in the hallways are a visual reminder to visitors and staff that patients are resting. Also, patients are invited to tune in to the hospital’s 24-hour, free relaxation channel, which features instrumental music and nature scenes. Additionally, earplugs, closed doors and other comfort measures are offered throughout the day and night.
“Quiet Time helps staff to better understand how respecting noise levels improves patient outcomes, while creating a more productive work environment,” commented Good Samaritan’s Quality Management Coordinator Rita Regan, RN.
For more information on the Quiet Time program and Good Samaritan’s other best practices, please call (631) 376-4444.