Hospital Implements Quiet Time For Patients

May 17, 2009 11:43:53 AM PDT
A Texas hospital is taking a new approach when it comes to patient care.At M.D. Anderson hospital in Houston, patients are getting at least 1 hour of quiet time every day. For that 1 hour, patients are left alone to sleep or just relax in silence.

When quiet time starts, Nurses turn off the lights and shut patients' doors. Even the phones are turned off.

Both patients and hospital staff say they like the silence.

Maura de Souza, patient said, "You know, I can be in here with my friends and you know we can just quietly talk or I can get rest. And the nurses are still there if I need them. So, it's just wonderful to have them all there."

"One of the best thing about it is that this promotes a healing environment for the patients, and this helps them recover quicker." Yvette Ong, nurse said.

Quiet time at M.D. Anderson has been so successful, other hospitals around the country are working to implement the idea as well.

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