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Effectiveness of SIESTA on Objective and Subjective Metrics of Nighttime Hospital Sleep Disruptors

Abstract

We created Sleep for Inpatients: Empowering Staff to Act (SIESTA), which combines electronic “nudges” to forgo nocturnal vitals and medications with interprofessional education on improving patient sleep. In one “SIESTA-enhanced unit,” nurses received coaching and integrated SIESTA into daily huddles; a standard unit did not. Six months pre- and post-SIESTA, sleep-friendly orders rose in both units (foregoing vital signs: SIESTA unit, 4% to 34%; standard, 3% to 22%, P < .001 both; sleep-promoting VTE prophylaxis: SIESTA, 15% to 42%; standard, 12% to 28%, P < .001 both). In the SIESTA-enhanced unit, nighttime room entries dropped by 44% (−6.3 disruptions/room, P < .001), and patients were more likely to report no disruptions for nighttime vital signs (70% vs 41%, P = .05) or medications (84% vs 57%, P = .031) than those in the standard unit. The standard unit was not changed. Although sleep-friendly orders were adopted in both units, a unit-based nursing empowerment approach was associated with fewer nighttime room entries and improved patient experience.

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