It is possibly one of the most important aspects of health
recovery and also one of the most neglected. Canberra Hospital’s nursing
department has come up with some unique and innovative ways to improve
At The Health Roundtable’s recent Nursing Improvement Group
meeting on September 18/19 2014, the nursing team revealed that a massive 76%
of patients reported poor sleep while in hospital. Noise was identified as the
main culprit to disturbing sleep, and even more surprising, was that the main
source of disturbing noise is staff conversations.
The nursing team came up with some key changes to implement,
which included some rethinking of existing and new facilities, and review of
routine clinical care practices. They also implemented changes to reduce staff
noise, including the “Yakker trakkers”, a simple green, amber, red light system
that lets night staff know when their conversations are getting a bit loud.
Canberra and other participating hospital’s innovation
presentations are available to HRT members by clinking here.
To find out more about these and other innovations from this
meeting, please email [email protected]