Abbott Northwestern nurses Liz Kozub and Autumn Gode began an experiment in 2017 designed to test the medical outcomes among patients who get better sleep, reports WCCO.
“It’s allowing patients a set time to get good rest overnight to help them prevent from getting delirium,” Kozub said.
The onset of delirium brings on anxiety, restlessness and even malaise in hospital patients when they don’t get long periods of deep sleep. In hospitals, however, necessary interruptions are often an essential part of a patient’s care like frequent blood pressure checks, lab draws, heartbeats and pulse checks. For patients post-surgery, there are periodic doses of pain medications.