Patients & Visitors at Community Hospital  

Quiet Hours


shhh girlEach day, hospital staff, patients and visitors observe quiet hours between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. During this time the main hallway through the hospital will be closed to through traffic, and activities related to care will be minimized to allow a critical period of rest for patients.

Studies show that a quiet hospital environment allows patients to rest and recover better resulting in shorter hospital stays, faster healing, and better sleep and rest after discharge.

A study conducted by nursing staff at the Mayo Clinic in 2004 showed that sudden noises, such s a dropped tray or slammed door, may cause a “startle reflex” in patients, resulting in physiological responses such as:

  • Facial grimacing
  • Muscular flexion
  • Increased blood pressure
  • Higher respiratory rate
  • Increased heart rate
  • Vaso-constriction
  • Altered memory
  • Increased agitation
  • Less tolerance for pain

Please help us help our patients get the rest they need and minimize noise and activity during this time.

Community Hospital
2000 Campbell Dr.
Torrington, WY 82240
(307) 532-4181
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