|A new look for Pediatric PACU
by Cornelia Spitz, R.N.
Pediatric PACU, Rutledge Tower
several months, a committee has been evaluating new ways to improve
patient satisfaction within Ambulatory Surgery. Scores are obtained
from the post operative surveys that are sent to patients (families).
Jennifer Teston, R.N., shared an idea about improving the Pediatric
Post Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU) by brightening it up with artwork.
Several initiatives are on the table right now, and some will take more
time in planning. The idea's intent was to engage employees in painting
designs in the unit’s ceiling tiles.
photo: Registered nurse David Wendorf shows some of the tiles that he
drew and painted. Many of the tiles have already been replaced while
others are still being completed. Hospital employees are encouraged to
stop by and see their new look.
Left photo: Registered nurse Jennifer Teston paints a tile that will be installed in the Pediatric PACU.
Pediatric PACU is one of the places that recovering patients (mostly
children) visit first, so Teston was excited to get things started. She
spoke about it to the area's patient satisfaction committee and area
nurse manager. She obtained the ceiling tiles through building
maintenance, and took up a monetary collection from co-workers to help
purchase paints. During the holidays, Teston took the tiles home and
painted several designs on them with the help of family members. During
the first week in January, she brought in extra tiles and enlisted the
help of co-workers in painting.
Teston installs one of the tiles in the ceiling.
Friday, Jan. 15, 2010