Quiet Time, 1 to 2 p.m.

Hospitals are extremely busy places and patients need assistance 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Patients are admitted and discharged throughout the day, they need blood drawn, vitals taken, bandages changed, tests taken and so on – day and night. They need their bed changed, their room cleaned, help going to the bathroom and taking a shower. There are overhead pages, monitor alarms, call lights and hallway noises. Not to mention, friends and family members, visiting at all hours of the day. All of these factors can contribute to a noisy hospital. Mendota Community Hospital has recognized the importance of a quiet environment for healing is much needed. Therefore, Mendota Community Hospital is putting key processes in place to help provide for a quiet environment.

MCH Quiet Environment Best Practices:

  • Using key words to help reinforce quietness on units for staff.
  • There will be a quiet time every day from 1pm – 2pm.
  • Doors will be partially close when possible.
  • Overhead paging will only be allowed for emergencies.
  • Earplugs will be available for patient use.
  • Lights will be dimmed at appropriate times.
  • Computer lights will be turned off in all patient rooms at night.
  • Self monitoring sound meter that will be used to help the nurse’s station quieter.

Mendota Community Hospital wants to provide the best healing environment for all of patients.