A hospital bed can be a terrible place to try to get any sleep, especially as a patient. The bed is not the same as home, and the person next to you will not stop snoring.

On top of all of this, you are in pain or nervous about medical test results and a number of different worries racing through your head. We get it; it can be hard to be comfortable in a hospital or any healthcare facility.

Thankfully, hospitals have evolved so much since the early 2000s and continue to evolve to help their patients each day. A number of design elements and feedback has paved the way for current hospitals and their patient care. Patient comfort is becoming far more than making sure the patient has a comfy bed to sleep in.

Patient Comfort and Patient Satisfaction

These two notions go hand-in-hand. How? If a patient is not comfortable with their care or the healthcare facility in any manner it will disrupt patient satisfaction. Patient satisfaction is basically an indication of how well the patient was treated during their stay and the overall quality of the care.

Patient satisfaction is the primary reason a patient will keep coming back to any facility. For example, when eating at a restaurant.

You receive terrible service, terrible food, and the bill comes out wrong. Are you less likely to return? Of course. Plus, you are less likely to recommend this restaurant to others.

The same can go for patients and healthcare facilities. The healthcare facility’s bottom line increases with better patient satisfaction as well. 

At the end of the day, a patient will be comfortable and satisfied with their care only when it is put as a priority.

How Nurses Can Make Patients Comfortable?

  • Get to know the patient: This may seem silly if the patient is there for the night, a few hours, or a few days. However, this will make them more comfortable with you. A little small talk never hurt anyone.
  • Educate your patients: It is bad enough being in the hospital, but being clueless in a hospital is even worse. You want your patients to understand each scenario and constantly give them the ability to make informed decisions about their health.
  • Be positive: You may be having a terrible day, but your patient isn’t going to heal or be cooperative with a mean nurse.  The opposite is actually true.
  • The small things matter: Let the family bring in items from home, get them extra socks if their feet are cold, and maybe buy them their favorite chapstick if they forgot their own. It does not need to be a grand gesture. The small things are what matter in life.

A patient is in a healthcare facility whether they like it or not. A nurse can help with overall patient comfort which increases patient satisfaction.

You will someday be in a hospital yourself, so remember this when taking care of your patients needs.

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