Most of us experience fear, pain and anxiety when visiting a hospital or doctor’s office (and that’s just in the waiting room). Comfort Talk ® is an innovative method of non-pharmaceutical patient sedation. Healthcare professionals are trained in “talking style” techniques that are complemented with hypnotic language allowing them to help reduce the anxiety, pain and distress of their patients.
The Comfort Talk ® techniques tap into the mind’s natural ability to block pain and reduce stress. It is a no nonsense, straightforward approach to patient relaxation or sedation without the use of medication.
Patients (especially young patients) feel vulnerable and exposed when on the procedure table—or even when visiting a medical facility—and they are highly suggestible to any comment, positive or negative.
Comfort Talk ® For Kids is an innovative method of non-pharmaceutical patient sedation where children are encouraged to immerse themselves into a story or fantasy. This simple method of distraction is a lot like daydreaming. Studies have shown that taking attention away from a test or procedure and focusing on something more entertaining or pleasant reduces anxiety and pain while decreasing or eliminating the need for medications.
The method requires no prior patient preparation or selection. Your staff can master these techniques in a relatively short period of time by participating in the Comfort Talk ® For Kids Training Course.
Older children are able to use the Comfort Talk ® techniques to tap into the mind’s natural ability to block pain and reduce stress.
Thousands of patients have experienced procedure hypnosis which forms the basis of Comfort Talk. Here’s a sample of what they are saying:
“I didn’t feel any pain—at all. I was on a beach in Jamaica. Having my baby in a birthing pool.”
“That was the fourth angiogram I had. And this was the one I was the most able to keep my legs still and really focus on my breathing. And I am absolutely convinced that it was the coaching that made this possible.”
—Patient after having tumor vessels blocked off in his kidney
“The time just went by so good. You said about 45 minutes to an hour—it was like 20 minutes to me. I kept my eyes closed the whole time. It made the time to go right by. It was like ice cream.”
—Claustrophobic patient (After MRI procedure)
“I envisioned myself being at the lake, then I could start relaxing, and let different parts of my body relax.”
—Patient after biliary tube manipulation
“My anxiety went through the roof” before her breast biopsy and before she was offered to be guided in self-hypnotic relaxation. “Without hypnosis I’d probably have been crying and in more pain; I’d also have been a lot more worried about whether I had cancer. Instead I stayed calm the entire time.”
“I use your techniques everyday as an MRI Technologist for Lahey Health Systems. I truly believe that, through your instruction, I have helped innumerable patients tolerate/conquer their claustrophobia. My company has received many letters from patients regarding my ‘calming ways’. The handwritten accolades from my patients for their countless appointments not needing to be rescheduled due to their claustrophobia issues have not fallen on deaf ears. I was awarded the Star Of Excellence from Beverly Hospital, a member of Lahey Health Systems for my ‘caring and calming influence’ with my claustrophobic patients.”
—Frank Pellegrino RTR MR, Trained in Comfort Talk ®
“It is rare indeed when a treatment or procedure affords such significant financial benefit while also improving clinical outcomes and improving patients’ experience.”
—Cayte Ward, Healthcare Marketing Director
“The staff was quite excited to learn these techniques and put them to use. We measured our claustrophobia rate the following quarter and it was reduced significantly, This translates into better patient care, but also in increased revenue. Instead of having to reschedule the patient and having them come back on medication, those patients are able to complete their exams on their first appointment.”
—Mary Ellen Tobey, RT (R) (M)
“I use the techniques whenever I can—[They have] helped me without the adverse effects that drugs often have, in many cases where patients would have been too anxious or too much in pain to perform certain procedures, e.g. gastroscopies, colonoscopies, spinal punctures or MRI diagnostics. I can only recommend the training and I am sure your team and your patients will benefit from it.”
—Christine Schupp, MD