Hospital noise can pose safety risk

Noise pollution also contributes to stress among hospital staff and affects patients' sleep patterns and blood pressure

By Healthcare Facilities Today
March 10, 2014

Researchers at the University of California, San Diego are working on ways to reduce noise levels, which can become as loud as a jet engine at some points during the day and can affect patients' sleep patterns and blood pressure, according to an article on the Fierce Healthcare website.

"All of the equipment is going for 20 patients. And now 20 more nurses walk in and they're each having one-to-one conversations about each patient's status and everyone's speaking above the level of the EKG alarm and the overhead announcements and the ventilator systems," Eve Edelstein, Ph.D., an associate professor at the University of Arizona, said in the article.

Noise pollution also contributes to stress among hospital staff, Edelstein said. She is working with UC San Diego music and sonic arts professor, Peter Otto, on noise reduction strategies, according to the article. 

Otto has developed a sound bender —  a small machine that directs sound. In a hospital, a sound bender could restrict sound to the people who need to hear it.

Read the article.

 

 

 

 




See the latest posts on our homepage Share

Topic Area: Maintenance and Operations


Recent Posts
Recent Posts

6 Ways to Get Occupants and Visitors to Take the Stairs


A stairway campaign can encourage people to add more physical activity into their days.

11/23/2022

DIGroup Architecture and Urban Health Plan Open Seventh Federally Qualified Health Center


The center aims to bring quality healthcare to underserved communities.

11/23/2022

Healthcare Construction Continues to Show Strong Momentum 


Growth in outpatient services demand is driving competition and creating demand for medical office buildings.

11/23/2022

Interior Design with Caregivers in Mind


More healthcare facilities are establishing spaces for caregivers that offer comfort, privacy and an opportunity to rest and recharge.

11/22/2022

Designing Behavioral Health Facilities With Patients in Mind


Effective design decisions enhance client well-being and improve outcomes by providing the most effective conditions for healing.

11/22/2022






FREE
NEWSLETTER

News & Updates • Webcast Alerts • Building Technologies

All fields are required.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.



You Might Like