Improving patients’ sleep: reducing light and noise levels on wards at night
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Improving patients’ sleep: reducing light and noise levels on wards at night

Carol Hewart Clinical site manager in the acute care team, Derriford Hospital, Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust, Devon
Loveday Fethney Education lead in the acute care team, Derriford Hospital, Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust, Devon

Carol Hewart and Loveday Fethney describe the changes being implemented at one trust to ensure patients have a better chance of getting a good night’s rest

There is much research concerning the psychological and physical effects of sleep deprivation on patients in healthcare systems, yet interrupted sleep on hospital wards at night remains a problem. Staff at Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust, Devon, wanted to identify the factors that prevent patients from sleeping well at night. Two audits were carried out, between April and August 2015, to assess noise and light levels on wards at night, and to engage nurses in ways of reducing these. A number of recommendations were made based on the audit findings, many of which have been put into practice.

Nursing Management. 22, 9,18-23. doi: 10.7748/nm.22.9.18.s27

Correspondence

carolhewart@nhs.net

Peer review

This article has been subject to double-blind review and has been checked using antiplagiarism software

Conflict of interest

None declared

Received: 08 October 2015

Accepted: 11 November 2015