Afternoon Patient Quiet Time Implemented

University Hospitals Samaritan Medical Center recently adopted a program that encourages quiet time for patients during the day. These daytime hours are in addition to the evening quiet hours which are observed from 10 p.m. – 6 a.m.

The new program is called H.u.s.h. - Help Us Support Healing – and encourages patients on the 3rd floor Acute Medical Surgical Unit to rest between 2 and 3 p.m. Patients on the Birthing and Women’s Unit will be encouraged to observe quiet time from 2 to 4 p.m.

“The H.u.s.h. program is part of our Patient Experience and Customer Service initiative to create an environment that is quiet and conducive to rest,” explained nurse Bev Iceman, Director of Patient Care Services. “Studies have proven time and again that patients heal better and faster when they are able to rest.”

Lights will be dimmed, televisions will be turned off and doors will be closed - with patient permission and as safety allows - on patient rooms during quiet time. While visitors are encouraged to let loved ones rest, they are still welcome on the units during afternoon quiet time. Phones and other devices should be turned to silent or vibrate, and individuals should speak quietly.

Nursing and ancillary staff will keep interruptions to a minimum and volunteers will hold flowers and mail deliveries until quiet time is over.

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