Many hospitals do not have a reputation as being a great place to get a good night’s sleep. Greater Regional Medical Center (GRMC) is working to change that.
Gwen Buck, chief nursing officer at GRMC, said Monday research proves disturbed and interrupted sleep can impact healing and recovery by producing serious physical and psychological stress, decreasing the ability to fight infection and may also increase the length of stay during a hospitalization.
In contrast, adequate rest and reduced stimuli can promote healing and recovery, as well as improve patient satisfaction during a hospitalization.
“Sometimes rest can be the extra medicine needed in recovery,” Buck said. “Think about times when you haven’t got enough sleep and how it affected you. Sleep is an important part of the healing process, and we think an extra hour of quiet time will benefit our patients.”
Effective Sunday, Greater Regional will implement Quiet Hour each day from 1 to 2 p.m. Buck said, during this time period, lights will be dimmed in the halls of the patient care floors. Buck added, no testing, therapy or physician visits will be scheduled unless emergent to ensure best patient care.
Visitors are discouraged during this time. Should family/visitors need to be present with a patient, they will be requested to turn off or place cell phones on vibrate and utilize waiting areas if appropriate to the patient’s situation.
GRMC will also turn off overhead paging unless emergent needs arise. All patients will be checked prior to Quiet Hour to ensure their individual needs are met prior to Quiet Hour commencing.