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Interim sound and vibration design guidelines for hospitals and healthcare facilities

Author(s): Joint Subcommittee on Speech Privacy of the Acoustical Society of America (ASA) (Technical Committees for Architectural Acoustics and Noise), Institute of Noise Control Engineering (INCE), (NCAC), N.C.o.A.C.
Added October 2012

Noise and hospital stay

Author(s): Fife, D., Rappaport, E.
Added October 2012

Noise in the ED

Author(s): Tijunelis, M.A., Fitzsullivan, E., Henderson, S.O.
Added October 2012

Noise in the ICU

Author(s): Balogh, D., Kittinger, E., Benzer, A., Hackl, J.M.
Added October 2012

What about noise?

Author(s): Stanley, K.
Added October 2012

Operating room noise

Author(s): Lewis, P., Staniland, J., Cuppage, A., Davies, J.M.
Added October 2012

Noise levels in a hospital

Author(s): Bovenzi, M., Collareta, A.
Added October 2012

Guidelines for community noise

Author(s): Berglund, B., Lindvall, T., Schwela, D.H., Goh, T.K.
Added October 2012

Prioritization of noise abatement methods for controlling hospital noise pollution

Author(s): Abbasi, M., Tokhi, M. O., Eyvazzadeh, N., Falahati, M., Zokaei, M.
Added April 2024

Effects of noise in hospitals

Author(s): Biley, F.C.
Added October 2012

Does hospital noise disturb patients?

Author(s): Soutar, R.L., Wilson, J.A.
Added October 2012

Noise pollution in the hospital

Author(s): Topf, M.
Added October 2012

Noise in the operating room

Author(s): Shapiro, R.A., Berland, T.
Added October 2012

The effects of hospital noise

Author(s): Choiniere, D. B.
Added September 2014

Environmental noise in hospitals: A systematic review

Author(s): de Lima Andrade, E., da Cunha e Silva, D. C., de Lima, E. A., de Oliveira, R. A., Zannin, P. H. T., Martins, A. C. G.
Noise in healthcare environments can aggravate patient health issues and impair the performance of healthcare professionals. The World Health Organization (WHO) has suggested that hospital sound levels should not exceed 35 decibels during the day and 40 decibels at night.
Key Point Summary
Added March 2021

A Novel PACU Design for Noise Reduction

Author(s): Smykowski, L.
As redesign and renovation of patient care units occur, health care providers need to consider the importance of lowering environmental stressors. Noise in the hospital environment is one well documented problem, with detrimental effects to both patients and staff. The paper reviews the redesign of the organization's PACU that explored a unique floor plan to minimize noise and improve privacy.
Key Point Summary
Added October 2012

Noise levels in Johns Hopkins Hospital

Author(s): Busch-Vishniac, I. J., West, J. E., Bamhill, C., Hunter, T., Orellana, D., Chivukula, R.
Patients, visitors, and staff often complain about the amount of noise in hospital settings. However, in addition to being annoying and disrupting sleep, some research suggests that high sound levels negatively affect the speed of wound healing and the number of medications, as well as contributing to staff stress and burnout.
Key Point Summary
Added April 2014

Noise in acute patient care areas

Author(s): Hilton, B.A.
The paper begins by defining noise (as sound higher than that recommended for hospitals and considered undesirable or intolerable by patients) and questioning noise levels in hospitals and how patients are affected by it. The author cites studies between 1961 and 1981 that showed that ill people had a lower tolerance for sound than healthier people, sounds in hospitals were higher than recommended levels and tended to be a stress factor for patients, and that when sound was considered to be noise, it led to stress, which in turn could delay healing.
Key Point Summary
Added October 2012

Quantitative Noise Analysis in a Modern Hospital

Author(s): Aitken, R.J.
Added October 2012

Noise level in a pediatric intensive care unit

Author(s): Carvalho, W.B., Pedreira, M.L.G., de Aguiar, M.A.L.
Added October 2012