Name: Braden Butterfield
Authors: 1Lt. Braden Butterfield, BSN, USAF, Mrs. Ann Marie Lazarus, MSN, CNS
Identification of the problem-overview: The need for a comfort room on the inpatient Behavioral Health floor was identified. The purpose of the comfort or relaxation room is to give patients a safe, quiet and comfortable place to help reduce their stress and anxiety levels. Comfort rooms away from the main patient care areas are an effective tool for stress and anxiety reduction.
EBP Question: In a population of Behavior Health patients will the use of a comfort room reduce patient’s anxiety levels compared to not using a comfort room in an inpatient setting over a six-month time frame?
Methods/Evidence: Using the Iowa model a focused question was developed and a thorough literature review was conducted prior to project initiation. The Inpatient Behavioral Health staff was trained on the Hamilton Anxiety Scale (HAM-A) tool, which was completed prior to and after the relaxation room was utilized, the results were then recorded. An Auxiliary grant was submitted and approved to purchase bean bag chairs, a sensory blanket, a sound spa with relaxation music, a light dimmer and an art wall mural deco.
Outcomes: Patients had a significant reduction in their anxiety levels post comfort room utilization with anxiety levels decreasing an average of 7 points of the HAM-A scale. Of those participants who reported anxiety prior to using the comfort room 100% reported a reduction in anxiety post room utilization.
Sustainment and Dissemination: The comfort room will continue to be offered as a supplemental treatment on the inpatient Behavioral Health floor. Results were presented at during May 2016 Nurse’s week and the San Antonio Military Health Systems and Universities Research Forum in May 2016.
Implications for Military Nurses: As Behavioral Health services continue to grow in the military health care system alternative therapies will continue to be researched and integrated into practice. Including alternative therapy’s like comfort rooms will individualize each patients care and allow for successful treatment and recovery.
Disclaimer: The view(s) expressed herein are those of the author(s) and do not reflect the official policy or position of Brooke Army Medical Center, the U.S. Army Medical Department, the U.S. Army Office of the Surgeon General, the Department of the Air Force, the Department of the Army or the Department of Defense or the U.S. Government.