Articles Written by Erin Todd

Content crafter at PDi. Writing to promote meaningful connections between patients, families and healthcare providers so that those who are healing can feel well cared for.
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9 Space Efficient Ways to Mount a Personal Patient TV

Posted by Erin Todd on Oct 15, 2018 3:46:44 PM

Space is a commodity in patient areas. When designing patient areas in healthcare facilities, thoughtful consideration must be made for space efficiency. Medical equipment placement, providing ample room for staff and guests, and the placement of amenities such as the patient TV must also be well planned.

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Topics: Patient Experience, Technology

The Anatomy of a Well Designed Arm TV System

Posted by Erin Todd on Jul 31, 2018 3:31:29 PM


When evaluating entertainment solutions, you want to be sure the device and connected hardware are safe, proven, and reliable. Here’s an overview of elements you should inspect to ensure you select the best arm-mounted entertainment system.
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Topics: Technology

How Nature Sounds Comfort Patients

Posted by Erin Todd on Jun 15, 2018 1:02:00 PM

It's no secret that anxiety plagues patients as they go through the uncertainty of healthcare treatments. Anxiety can also be increased by medical circumstances such as drug use, phobias and mental disorders. Typical hospital environments don't make it easy for a patient to relax. The beeps of various medical machines, hallway noises, and even distinctive smells may cause tension in a patient.

There are many techniques to help a patient relieve stress, from breathing techniques to encouragement and distractions. One often overlooked element is the power nature sounds can have on the human mind.

The burbling of a brook, or the whistling of the wind can change our brain chemistry and bodily systems. This helps us to relax no matter where we are.

Natural sounds and environments have been narratively linked with relaxation and well-being for hundreds of years. Recent studies suggest that science backs these claims and can even physical impact healing and recovery after a stressful event.

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Nature sounds reduce the "fight-or-flight" signals in the brain.

In a study published in Scientific Reports in March 2017 researchers reported their findings on the effects of natural sounds. The study utilized brain scans, heart rate monitors and behavioral experiments.

When nature sounds were played the results were associated with a decrease in the body’s sympathetic "fight-or-flight" response. Additionally, there was an increase in parasympathetic response — the response that tells the body to relax and function in normally. [1]

Nature sounds speed up recovery

Research has also demonstrated that listening to nature sounds helps you recover faster after a stressful event. In a study conducted in 2010, test subjects were given a stressful problem to solve. Once they completed it, the speed of nervous system recovery was measured by skin conductance levels (SCL) with electrodes.

"Detailed analyses showed that half-life SCL recovery was 9−37% faster during the nature sound than during the [other] noises." [2]


Background nature sounds can ease patients into restful sleep.

Sudden noises disturb restful sleep because our minds are hardwired to alert us when it perceives a threat. In a healthcare setting, many machines are designed to alert caregivers when something is wrong. Unfortunately, that simultaneously can prevent patients from entering into the deep sleep they need to recover.

One study found that, "Alarms played [at] a whisper were found to awaken participants 90 percent of the time. For people in deep sleep, this volume would wake up them half the time." [3]

Noise machines help work as acoustic camouflage to the ear and mask the interruptive noises designed to alert medical staff.

Orfeu Buxton, an associate professor of biobehavioral health at Pennsylvania State University, says:

"These slow, whooshing noises are the sounds of non-threats, which is why they work to calm people. It's like they're saying: 'Don't worry, don't worry, don't worry.' Having a masking form of noise can also help block other sounds you don't have control over."[4]

Help patients easily access nature sounds from their patient television.

The PDi A-Series Enhanced Entertainment TVs
offer pre-installed nature sounds to help patients relax. With a few clicks, the patient can switch from regular TV to the sounds of rushing streams, or dripping rain. This will help ease any tensions they may be feeling, and drown out any disruptions from other sounds in their surroundings.

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Topics: Patient Experience

What do patients really want? 3 ways to deliver value to patients

Posted by Erin Todd on Dec 27, 2017 2:03:15 PM

 When it comes to their care, what do patients actually say about what they want?

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Topics: Patient Experience

How to Choose a Medical-Grade TV

Posted by Erin Todd on Jun 9, 2017 3:30:00 PM

When shopping for entertainment solutions for patients, providers want to be sure the devices are safe, reliable, and are technically intuitive so they meet the high standards expected in healthcare. Since technology is constantly evolving, it can be challenging to know how displays differ technically from looking at them on the outside.

Here's a list to check the hardware and software of the televisions. This will help ensure they are up to snuff to advance your facility to the cutting edge of technology and keep you there for years to come.

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Topics: Technology

Why We Care About Patient Experience

Posted by Erin Todd on Apr 25, 2017 4:00:00 PM

You are there for the crucial moments...

As healthcare providers it is your responsibility to care for patients during the crucial moments of their physical life. You guide individuals towards healing with your expertise and comfort them with your presence.

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Topics: Patient Experience

How a Bedside TV Increases Patient Engagement

Posted by Erin Todd on Mar 22, 2017 10:38:16 AM

Part 3 of "Different Angles of Patient Engagement" Blog Series 

Previously, we discussed the experience of a large-screen footwall patient TV and considered the user experience of a hand held tablet. Here, we will look at placing an interactive patient tv at the bedside.

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Topics: Innovation, Patient Experience

How Tablets Can Improve Patient Engagement

Posted by Erin Todd on Mar 22, 2017 10:35:19 AM

Part 2 of the "Different Angles of Patient Engagement" Blog Series 

Previously, we discussed the experience of a large-screen footwall patient TV. Here, we will dicuss the emergence of consumer tablets used in the patient room to improve patient engagement. 

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Topics: Innovation, Patient Experience

How a Large Healthcare TV Creates a Cinematic Patient Experience

Posted by Erin Todd on Mar 22, 2017 10:34:43 AM

Part 1 of "Different Angles of Patient Engagement" Blog Series 

In an effort to mirror the average patient's home environment, many healthcare facilities choose a large flat screen healthcare TV and place it on the footwall to liken a cinematic experience. This layout is conducive to entertain a group, but the application can pose challenges to a bedridden patient trying to utilize the interactive patient system. The issue simply boils down to the literal “gap” between the patient and the device causing some unexpected predicaments.

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Topics: Innovation, Patient Experience

The Different Angles of Patient Engagement

Posted by Erin Todd on Mar 22, 2017 10:21:13 AM

Considerations for transforming the patient experience.

In today's healthcare climate, hospitals must provide excellence in patient experience to be competitive and successful. Many healthcare organizations are looking to technology to enhance patient experience, and there are thousands of software options to choose from. Once the software is selected to fit the organization's workflows and goals, the hardware is often selected next. In many cases the hardware is selected based on price.

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Topics: Innovation, Patient Experience

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