TVs were requested for the emergency treatment rooms to improve patient satisfaction, privacy, and confidentiality.
The TVs offer patients and family members a welcome distraction during emergency room visits, especially for children. Time seems to pass quicker for patients if their attention can be diverted with an interesting TV show, rather than focusing on their discomfort.
The sounds of the treatment room TVs also improve confidentiality. “When people are tuned in to what’s happening on the TV in their room, they’re less likely to overhear activity and conversations outside their treatment rooms,” said Nyla Sandbulte, RN, chief nursing officer.
The Pink Ladies of Sanford Medical Center Luverne have been active since 1965. The group functions like an auxiliary. They hold fundraisers throughout the year to raise money for purchasing hospital equipment. The Pink Ladies:
- Mend patient gowns and robes
- Make “rice socks” which can be warmed and used for hospital patients’ comfort, like a hot pack
- Make hats for newborns
- Make burp cloths and blankets for newborns in the hospital nursery
- Make Christmas stockings for December newborns to go home in
- Serve in various volunteer roles at the hospital (gift shop cashiers, greeters, department receptionists, etc.)