The nurses of the adult intensive care unit (AICU) use tender loving care for critically ill patients. Not only do they excel in interpersonal communication and critical thinking, but also in providing patients with a healing environment.
As proof to this, they bagged the 5S and hand washing contests two years in a row since 2011, and they seek more knowledge to effectively render world-class service. It is important for them to prevent cross-contamination among patients and the health care team, as they strictly adhere to the policies set by the Infection Control Committee. They have undergone training with Dr. Alma Bion regarding the trouble shooting of mechanical ventilators, a useful meeting because there are no in-house respiratory therapists available.
The CLMMRH AICU is geared to provide the best quality care which complements the hospital’s goal of giving patients service that is always centered on them. They are dedicated to handle a multitude of problems effectively while adhering to include the provision of an environment that alleviate pains and anxiety to the sick.
“Among AICU patients receiving acute ventilatory support for respiratory failure, the use of patient-preferred music resulted in greater reduction in anxiety and sedation frequency and intensity compared with usual care,” according to a study.*
“Music provides patients with a comforting and familiar stimulus and the PDM [patient-directed music] intervention empowers patients with their own anxiety management,” the authors wrote. “It is an inexpensive, easily implemented nonpharmacological intervention that can reduce anxiety, reduce sedative medication exposure and potentially associated adverse effects. The PDM patients received less frequent and less intense sedative regimens while reporting decreased anxiety levels.”
The AICU nurses aim to include this approach to their healing environment and be able to promote painless and comfortable recovery to patients.
*Chlan, L. et al. Effects of patient-directed music intervention on anxiety and sedative exposure in critically ill patients receiving mechanical ventilatory support: a randomized clinical trial. The Journal of the American Medical Association. 2013;309(22):2335-2344.