Improving Patient Comfort

Many caregivers state that the comfort of their patients is of high importance.

If a patient is not comfortable when supported by a surface, concordance to therapy is less likely, compromising preventative interventions1. The design and manufacture of any support surface must include a focus on the overall comfort for the patient, providing a solution that the patient will tolerate during their time in hospital.

Increased comfort has a positive correlation with improved sleep, which leads to improved patient outcomes. Sleep deprivation has serious impacts including decreased pain tolerance and delayed healing2.

Sleep Comfort

‘To cure sometimes, to relieve often, to comfort always’ (Hippocrates)

  • Comfort is central to patient experience and promoting physical comfort has become a core component of patient-centred care frameworks3
  • The 2012 NICE Patient Experience Guideline identified ‘comfort’ as one of seven outcomes of a good patient experience4
  • A good patient experience results in better outcomes and continuity of care
  • The clinical environment should be comfortable to encourage rest and sleep

Comfort increases concordance.

  • Comfort, above all, is promoted by the individualisation of care to the personal needs of each patient3
  • When a patient is comfortable they are more likely to tolerate medical treatments1
  • Patient concordance improves clinical outcomes1
  • The majority of patients found TREZZOTM to be comfortable5

Importantly, we need to make sure patients are comfortable on their mattress and one of the biggest things is microclimate.

Professor Karen OuseyProfessor and Director of the Institute of Skin Integrity & Infection Prevention. University of Huddersfield
Professor Karen Ousey

How patient comfort is supported.

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References:

  1. https://etactics.com/blog/importance-of-patient-comfort accessed 04.11.22
  2. Jennifer R. DuBose, Khatereh Hadi, Improving inpatient environments to support patient sleep, International Journal for Quality in Health Care, Volume 28, Issue 5, 10 October 2016, Pages 540–553, https://doi.org/10.1093/intqhc/mzw079
  3. Wensley C, Botti M, McKillop A, et al. Maximising comfort: how do patients describe the care that matters? A two-stage qualitative descriptive study to develop a quality improvement framework for comfort-related care in inpatient settings. BMJ Open 2020;10:e033336. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2019-033336
  4. Patient experience in adult NHS services: improving the experience of care for people using adult NHS services Clinical guideline [CG138]Published: 24 February 2012 Last updated: 17 June 2021
  5. Ousey et al. (2016) Evaluating the Trezzo range of static foam surfaces: results of a comparative study. Wounds UK 12(4)