During the new Quiet Time period, the hospital dims its hallway lights, places staff phones and pagers on vibrate, offers patients ear plugs or headphones for music, and keeps staff conversations low. Twin Cities makes a daily announcement of Quiet Time throughout the hospital at 1:50 p.m., requesting the assistance of guests and visitors in maintaining a peaceful environment, and the staff also works to anticipate patient needs prior to Quiet Time to avoid interrupting resting patients.
“Research has shown that rest and sleep are essential ingredients to recovery from illnesses and injuries,” says Twin Cities CEO Mark Lisa. “Yet, with alarms, door latches, noisy carts, intercom announcements, practice drills and everything else that is part of the normal working day in a hospital, we felt our patients just weren’t getting enough quiet time to ensure the best possible environment for healing.”
Twin Cities enacted the new Quiet Time policy this month, joining a recent movement among hospitals nationwide to take steps to reduce noise in the hospital and place greater importance on the quality of rest patients need for optimal recovery (as cited in a recent New York Times article).
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