We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again. Hospitals can be noisy. And when it’s too noisy, it makes it difficult for patients to heal. A recent article in USA Today helps shine the light on this subject again. We encourage you to give it a read but if you’re in a hurry, here’s a quick summary:

 

USA Today Summary

  • a team of researchers studied 12 healthy adults as they slept in a hospital lab for two nights using sounds from a hospital (ex: blaring IV alerts, hallway conversations and rolling laundry carts)
  • the study found patients were easily awakened even though they may not remember waking up
  • some hospitals are adopting a nurse calling system that sends IV alerts straight to a nurses’ phone and turns off the beeping monitor as soon as the nurse enters the room
  • ceiling tiles, carpeted nursing stations and sliding doors helped with noise reduction at one children’s hospital

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