Studies reveal that a calm and quiet environment helps to promote rest
and healing. As a result, controlling noise levels in a hospital setting
is an important intervention for supporting recovery. While it would not
be safe to stop all sounds in the care environment, it is a priority of
Mile Bluff’s inpatient team to keep noise levels as low as possible.
In 2016, Mile Bluff formed a group to focus solely on finding ways to continually
enhance the inpatient experience. Among other projects, the team identified
an opportunity to improve noise levels in and around the patient room
at night. Through the group’s efforts, quiet zones and quiet times
have been established, and sleep kits have been made available to all
those who find themselves staying in the hospital overnight.
When individuals experience sleep disruptions, their heart rate and brain
wave activity increases, and restful sleep decreases. Mile Bluff’s
team makes every effort to enhance the quality of sleep for its inpatients,
in order to promote rest and a better recovery.
The kits include various items and tips that help contribute to a relaxed
and restful sleep, such as earplugs, a sleep mask, essential oils, etc.
Patients are also able to request an aromatherapy diffuser with eucalyptus,
lavender or orange essential oil, as well as a sound therapy machine that
plays six relaxing sounds: ocean surf, flowing stream, rain shower, white
noise, a summer night and a gentle wind.
Whether you find yourself needing hospital care, or visiting someone who
does, keep this simple concept in mind: silent hospitals help healing.