Nursing Times Award Winner

Large, clearly visible clocks help patients retain a sense of time and place

Many patients, especially those recovering from anaesthetic, may drift in and out of sleep for many hours, or days, afterwards as they recover. Keeping track of time can be difficult. Patients who are having day surgery and are reliant on friends and family to drive them home often wake after their operation convinced they have been asleep for hours when, in reality, it may only be minutes. Anxious not to inconvenience their drivers more than necessary, they constantly ask staff to tell them the time. Without their contact lenses and glasses during their surgical procedure, they are greatly reassured by having several large clocks on the walls that enable them to see the time clearly and drift back to sleep for a while longer. This also saves the staff in the recovery team lots of time too.

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