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Investing in Patient Care and Comfort 

For patients, hospitals can be a place of great unrest. There are beeping monitors, the general hustle and bustle of staff, coupled with the overall anxiety of needing hospital care or treatment.

At Woodstock Hospital, we understand the importance of sleep and comfort in a patient’s journey to recovery. We endeavour to provide a quiet environment for patients. As an example, we make a conscious effort to eliminate unnecessary overhead paging. Furthermore, we have been growing our fleet of air beds, which increase patient comfort by redistributing pressure and aid in the treatment and prevention of bedsores.

Joanne Waite has chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), a chronic inflammatory lung disease that causes obstructed airflow from the lungs. During a recent hospital stay in March, Joanne was in a patient room that had one of the new air beds. She immediately noticed the difference in overall comfort compared to regular hospital beds in previous stays.

“As a patient, it helps to feel good in the morning. You actually want to do something, instead of dealing with aches and pains,” expressed Joanne.

For patients that spend a lot of time immobile in bed, like Joanne does, air beds are really important to their care. These beds have a series of air-tight bladders that run laterally across the mattress to provide patient immersion and envelopment. This allows redistribution of pressure which assists in the prevention and treatment of pressure ulcers and aids in moisture management of the patient’s skin. According to Joanne, a good night’s sleep combined with the exceptional care she has received makes all the difference.

“In the past two years, I have been in the hospital seven or eight times and I’ve just had the best of care in every single way. The staff are amazing. They treat you with dignity and you can tell they genuinely care about their patients,” shared Joanne. “It’s the kind of care you want to receive if you have to be in a hospital.”

To enhance the care and comfort for patients like Joanne, the Woodstock Hospital Foundation is fundraising for additional air beds to give more patients access to their benefits.

Pictured (LtoR) Blaire Dol, RPN, and Sarah Nadalin, RN, with an air bed