The Beatrice Community Hospital is patient-centered and focused on providing the best care possible. Patient comfort and satisfaction are a top priority.
Offering a warm blanket is just one way to offer excellent care and keep you comfortable and relaxed during your hospital stay. The Acute Care team at BCH needs to replace the current blanket warming unit to ensure that a warm blanket is never out of reach to comfort patients and family members. The BCH Foundation Big Give Project is to raise funds for a blanket warmer to ensure this oftentimes overlooked gesture can continue to be offered.
"Nothing is more calming than a warm blanket for a patient or a family member" - Dave Thomas, BCH Director of Nursing
Beyond the simple comfort of a warm blanket, blanket warming has also been shown to improve patients' clinical outcomes by reducing anxiety, lessening bleeding, increasing response to medication, and reducing chances of cardiac problems. A warmed blanket may feel like a trivial thing but goes a long way on soothing and calming a nervous patient.
Blanket warming also enhances the patient experience with proven clinical outcomes and measurable cost efficiencies by improving patients' recovery and reduce the length of hospital stay. With better thermal comfort, patients recover quickly and lower the probability of readmission and infection rates.