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Trust sleep project benefits patients

A project to reduce noise at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust reduces the number of patients rating their sleep quality as poor

A sleep improvement project at an acute hospital trust in London that included simple measures such as oiling trolley wheels saw a 22% reduction in the number of patients rating their sleep as only fair or poor.

A year-long study at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust saw staff move noisy printers and bright computer screens and turn down alarms to safe audible levels, among other measures.

Staff on 18 sites, including medical and surgical wards and emergency and high-dependency units, were also asked to ensure doors were closed to minimise noise and light and answer the nurses’ call system immediately.

Of 749 patients who completed an electronic survey, 38% said their sleep was fair and 15% said it was poor before the project.

Afterwards, of 783 patients who responded, only 23% gave a fair rating and just 8% said poor.

Read the full study, by Christine Norton, Florence Nightingale professor of clinical nursing at King’s College London and Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, in Nursing Standard March 11 2015.

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