The My Improvement Network Technology is in use in many other wards within St Mary’s and also at Charing Cross Hospital which are part of The Imperial Healthcare Trust. They are used with great success and are powerful in offering stimulation to the patient. It is for the reason, we decided to embrace this technology on Ellis Valentine Ward. This ward provides care for trauma patients and patients that have had orthopaedic surgery. Hospitals can be very frightening places for patients suffering from delirium and the ability to be able make them feel at ease, whilst delivering the highest quality of care is paramount to the Trust.
The units help purvey a feeling of calmness and serenity and helps them to focus on things that are familiar to them, their individual interests stimulating and aiding their concentration. The technology helps to strike up a conversation. This is powerful as delirium can manifest itself ini the patient being uncooperative and the ability to elicit positive responses quickly is crucial in what can sometimes be life threatening situations. It has helped to assist with patient’s behaviour making them less agitated. Delirium can be very hard for an individual and the more we can help and encourage them to participate with the technology, the more beneficial it is for them. It is also beneficial for the family and carers. Some of the favourite features on the system are the Music and Pastimes. They enjoy looking at the graphics on the screen.