An investigation of sound levels on intensive care units with reference to the WHO guidelines

@inproceedings{Darbyshire2013AnIO,
  title={An investigation of sound levels on intensive care units with reference to the WHO guidelines},
  author={Julie L Darbyshire and J. Duncan Young},
  booktitle={Critical care},
  year={2013}
}
INTRODUCTION Patients in intensive care units (ICUs) suffer from sleep deprivation arising from nursing interventions and ambient noise. This may exacerbate confusion and ICU-related delirium. The World Health Organization (WHO) suggests that average hospital sound levels should not exceed 35 dB with a maximum of 40 dB overnight. We monitored five ICUs to check compliance with these guidelines. METHODS Sound levels were recorded in five adult ICUs in the UK. Two sound level monitors recorded… CONTINUE READING
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