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28 Jul 2014 01:42:19 MDT Written by: Leann Tobin

The C.A.R.E. Channel at MMH

The C.A.R.E. Channel at MMH

            In 1860, Florence Nightingale, the pioneer of nursing, wrote about the importance of a patient’s surroundings in their healing process.  She wrote that color, form, beauty and variety were critical to the well-being and restorative process that moves a patient from a state of disease to that of health (Nightingale, 1860).  She also believed that the monotony of staying in a hospital room can lead to boredom, which she felt could increase a patient’s pain level.  These beliefs hold true today and our nurses, physicians and other care providers use many different tools and techniques to help patients deal with so many stressors during their hospital stay.

            One new tool that MMH has available is the C.A.R.E. channel which is now offered on all of the hospital’s televisions.  The Continuous Ambient Relaxation Environment (C.A.R.E.) channel features peaceful scenes of nature combined with beautiful instrumental music which helps create a healing environment for patients, families, and also our staff members.  The entire channel is produced specifically to be watched by a patient in a bed.  The scenes change over a 24-hour cycle from sunrise to daytime and then sunset and night time scenery to help patients realize the time of day and also help them sleep.  The channel can be calming to patients who are very ill and lose the concepts of day and night while being cared for.  The music is gentle and can be played as a patient is waking up from anesthesia and recovering from a surgical procedure in their room.  The channel provides 84 hours of nonrepetitive scenery and music.

            With funding help from the San Juan Healthcare Foundation, MMH was able to purchase the C.A.R.E. channel for our patient televisions.  We chose this therapeutic tool because it helps reduce anxiety, alleviates pain, assists with sleep and restfulness, and minimizes the harmful effects of noise to our patients.  We also know it will help make our environment more relaxing and quiet for those who are in our care.  One of the secretaries our nursing unit said; “We have been playing The C.A.R.E. Channel in our waiting area for about two weeks now and we just love it!  The area is much more relaxing and calm, which positively affects the staff, patients and family members.  It’s great!”

           

Leann Tobin, Director of Marketing and Public Relations, MMH 240-7344


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