Effect of a Structured Activity Room Session in the Inpatient Setting: A Retrospective Chart Review

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Effect of a Structured Activity Room Session in the Inpatient Setting: A Retrospective Chart Review

Author: Heather Roorda MSN RN-BC

Background: Studies have shown social/leisure activities were found to have a positive effect on an individual's well-being. (Adams, Leibbrandt, & Moon, 2011). (Huxhold, Miche, Shϋz, 2014). Activities such as music listening, playing cards, and painting resulted in decreased agitation and improved cognitive performance. Providing these types of activities has not been a focus of acute care settings. Since 2016, 2C (Medical Unit) has been hosting a once-week, 1-hour activity session for patients in the unit led by the NICHE nurse practitioner and educator.

This retrospective study aims to examine how the structured activity session had an effect on the following:
a) vital signs (blood pressure, heart rate)
b) as needed pain medication administration
c) as needed antipsychotic medication administration
d) as needed benzodiazepine medication administration, and
e) patient’s behavior as documented by the patient safety attendant (PSA) if patient has one.

Methodology: Approximately 74 charts of patients who participated from August 2018 to December 2019 will be reviewed.

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