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MVH Patients and Staff Benefit From Daily “Quiet Time”

(Dayton, OH) August 19, 2010 – Everyday at Miami Valley Hospital when the clock strikes 2 p.m. soft chimes play overhead.  It is a signal that “Quiet Time” on patient units has begun. Corridor lights dim and voices hush for the next two hours.

The program, which was implemented on August 9, is an effort to reduce environmental stimuli and promote the opportunity for patients to rest.
Patient activity does not come to a halt but an effort is made to lower the noise level on patient units. Visitors are still allowed but they too must comply with quiet time rules.

“Quiet Time” is an outcome of an initiative started by the Department of Nursing called relationship-based care which began two years ago.

Relationship-based care is a model to help create a culture of caring that focuses on the relationships built with colleagues, patients, and yourself, explains Jayne Gmeiner director of Miami Valley Hospital’s Center of Nursing Excellence.

“Relationship-based care helps nursing to step back from the technology and task-focused world we’ve moved into in order to regain our focus on those aspects of caring relationships that make a difference for our patients and families,” said Gmeiner.

Before implementing “Quiet Time” the relationship-based nursing team studied similar programs at other hospitals across the nation. In looking at other programs they found that there is a positive connection between lowering noise levels and healing.

Before the program was rolled out to all nursing units it was first tested on several patient floors. Patient and staff satisfaction survey scores from the sample floors indicated the program was a success. Now “Quiet Time” takes place every afternoon both in the main hospital and the Berry Women’s Center.