Healthcare in almost all large hospitals is immersed in humanisation programmes to a greater or lesser degree. These programmes affect all areas of the hospital and focus on the scientific evidence backed by numerous studies indicating that patient comfort helps for a faster recovery, by decreasing the level of stress of the admitted person and their family members, which also has an impact on a better work environment for professionals.
Humanisation programmes focus on making the stay in the hospital as comfortable as possible for the patient. This involves improving facilities and services, training healthcare personnel and establishing a better relationship with family members.
Most of the healthcare services at Spanish hospitals are launching humanisation programmes, starting with the major hospitals in the sector. Here are some examples of these programmes:
- Humanisation in the ICU, Coronary Units and Paediatric ICU: Extension of the hours in which the patient can have someone with them (in some hospitals, a companion is already allowed 24/7), reduction of ambient noise levels, improvement of lighting to facilitate rest at night time, new sedation guidelines so that the patient can be awake longer…
- Humanisation in surgery: Especially in paediatric surgery, more and more hospitals are making the trip to the operating room a more pleasant and even playful experience (which is usually the most difficult time for children, since they must be separated from their parents). In this line, they are incorporating small remote-controlled cars in which the child is taken to the operating room, turning a very stressful experience into something that they take as a game.
- Humanisation in the inpatient ward: New mobility protocols are being incorporated for those patients who are authorised to get up and walk around, with recreational rooms where they can interact with other patients, Wi-Fi connectivity, libraries and improvements in the comfort of the rooms and the chairs for their companions.
Infusion technology and humanisation programmes: Mobility is a key element
The field of improving patient mobility is where infusion technology plays a relevant role in humanisation programmes. Smaller infusion pumps, small and easy for the patient to carry around on a stand, which are also equipped with long-lasting batteries that provide them with greater autonomy, are undoubtedly a key part of improving patient comfort without jeopardising their safety. The arcomed Chroma infusion pumps meet these and many other requirements. Thanks to their small size, long battery life, the patient can walk around without intravenous drug infusion process being stopped.
At arcomed, we are in continuous contact with healthcare professionals and we adapt to their needs and demands. As leaders in infusion technology, patient comfort is also one of our main priorities.