Monitors. Alarms. Pagers. People. Hospitals can get as noisy as other places we hang out during the day and there’s a negative side to all that noise. Patients can’t sleep soundly and noise interferes with healing.
One of the age-old hospital patient complaints is the noise. Patients complain that they can’t sleep soundly or rest comfortably because of beeping machines, staff and roommate conversations, squeaky carts and rattling trays … just to name a few.
To prove we hear you, the University of Michigan Health System’s “quietness campaign” is working to create a more patient-friendly environment by spearheading efforts in hospital noise reduction.
The negative side of noise
Research reveals that a noisy environment doesn’t just make patients unhappy — it can also prompt spikes in blood pressure and interfere with wound healing and pain management. And it can affect those who work with and near patients. In fact, studies have shown a direct correlation between sound decibel levels in work environments and employee blood pressure levels and heart rates. Continue reading →
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