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Enhancing the Patient Experience Through Music

Music has long been considered a therapy to help behavioral and mental health patients cope with challenges and ease stress. As healthcare continues to makes strides in improving the experience for all patients, clinicians are finding that music can benefit a variety of patient populations in both inpatient and outpatient facilities.

Patients undergoing a conscious treatment or procedure can benefit greatly from listening to soothing music; helping them relax and decrease muscle tension. This helps reduce a patient’s pain by shifting their focus and lowering anxiety.

Studies have shown that participants who listened to music had decreased pain intensity, emotional distress from pain, improved vital signs, and a decrease in amount of pain relief medication taken. Heart rate, blood pressure, and respiration rate were all found to be lower when patients listened to music. Overall, people rated their pain intensity one point lower on a zero to ten scale after music sessions, compared to patients that received no music.

As your organization continues to enhance the patient experience, consider the different care environments that could benefit from music.

Learn how Nobl is partnering with our clients to improve their patient experience.

Source: Journal of Music Therapy (2016)

3 Reasons Why Organizations Switch to Digital Documentation of Purposeful Rounds

Purposeful hourly rounding is a care model that organizations utilize all over the world to ensure patients receive timely, consistent, and proactive care.

An intentional patient rounding process should positively impact call lights, falls, and patient experience scores. Even in our age of digitalization, we still find that many hospitals rely on pen and paper to document these rounds.

Using feedback from our clients, we have compiled a list of 3 reasons why organizations switch to digital documentation of purposeful rounds.

1. Improves Nurse Communication HCAHPS Dimension
A digital rounding tool ensures patients receive consistent care by the core provider team. When patients trust that a nurse will be back on a consistent schedule to proactively address their needs, their perception of nurse communication improves. Survey providers like Press Ganey report that when hospitals improve their nurse communication HCAHPS dimension, several other domains like responsiveness, pain management, and overall rating show correlated improvements.

2. Increase Accountability
You’ve implemented hourly rounding at your hospital. But how do you know if staff are following best practices? Are they visiting every patient every hour? Are they asking all of the right questions? A digital rounding tool increases nurse accountability through easy documentation of every patient interaction, issue resolution tracking, and teamwork centered goals. Pen and paper based systems leave nurse leaders in the dark and make accountability difficult to measure.

3. Data Aggregation
Data and metrics are only as relevant as the information they track. A digital purposeful rounding tool provides critical insight on the day-to-day interactions that nurses have with patients. Better yet, data from digital rounding tools is pertinent and actionable. Decision makers can determine what best practices are really working for their patient populations and adjust as needed. Think about it, what better place to gain insight on patient satisfaction than from the nurses interacting on that level every single day.

Discover how our clients have success with a digital purposeful rounding tool.


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