Archive for the 'Environmental Noise' Category

27 Jun

Identification and Modification of Environmental Noise in an ICU Setting: Conclusion

We are not the first group to attempt behavior modification to control levels of hospital noise, although we are the only group who specifically targeted the intensive care setting. Webber reported a 6% decrease in noise-related complaints at Presbyterian Hospital in San Francisco after the implementation of a behavior modification program; Nazzaro reported a 20% […]

25 Jun

Identification and Modification of Environmental Noise in an ICU Setting: Outcome

We made every effort possible to provide inservice training to all of the MICU staff and as many of the non-MICU staff who were likely to be in the MICU for any meaningful period of time. We targeted the nursing staff, respiratory therapists, and ward secretaries. We also trained the head of respiratory therapy and […]

23 Jun

Identification and Modification of Environmental Noise in an ICU Setting: Discussion

The second issue concerned the causes of the elevated peak sound levels. The causes of the noise pollution were easily identified and could be broken into two groups so canadian family pharmacy. The first group consisted of noises that were made by equipment with preset volume determinants. For instance, mechanical ventilator alarms are preset by […]

21 Jun

Identification and Modification of Environmental Noise in an ICU Setting: Behavior Modification

We then counted the number of sound peaks 80 dBA before and at the end of behavior modification. There was no significant difference in the number of sound peaks ^80 dBA between the two baseline days or the two post-behavior modification days. As shown in Table 4, there were 1,363 periods out of a possible […]

19 Jun

Identification and Modification of Environmental Noise in an ICU Setting: Statistical Analysis

At the end of the first 2 weeks of the behavior modification program, daily recordings were obtained in the three-bed MICU room. The number of devices with alarms was recorded, along with the number of patients in the room and the patients’ APACHE II scores at the end of a 24-h recording period. Data analysis […]

17 Jun

Identification and Modification of Environmental Noise in an ICU Setting: Behavior Modification

The behavior modification program consisted of a comprehensive educational program directed at all of the MICU staff, including the nurses, physicians, secretaries, and respiratory therapists. This educational program included discussions about noise pollution and the impact of noise on patients and on the work environment. In addition, it highlighted the types of noise that were […]

15 Jun

Identification and Modification of Environmental Noise in an ICU Setting: Noise Identification

Noise Identification The goal for the first part of our study was to identify what actual individual noises were causing the high peak sound levels that had been observed in our previous studies. Although many of the sounds, such as ventilator alarms, are set at a fixed decibel level, many other sounds, such as talking […]

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