Archive December 2019 XX, No. 12

Ideas That Work: Comfort Measure

Family Members Can Grab a Seat

Robin Wigham, MA, BSN
TAKE A LOAD OFF Folding chairs are within easy access for visitors to patients' bedsides.

Patients’ friends or family members are often invited to bedsides in pre-op and the PACU, but don’t always have a place to sit as they offer support to their loved ones. That’s why we hung a folding chair on the wall of each patient bay. Hanging the chairs keeps them out of high-traffic areas when they’re not in use and is a smart storage solution in surgical facilities where extra space is often at a premium. It’s a way to help visitors feel more welcome while preventing the over-cluttering of spaces where staff and patients on stretchers need to move about freely.

Robin Wigham, MA, BSN
North East Alliance Surgery Center
North Haven, Conn.

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