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A challenge to the evidence behind noise guidelines for UK hospitals

Author(s): Hampton, T., Everett, S., Goldsmith, E., Lee, P. J.
Added November 2023

Noise stress for patients in hospitals - a literature survey

Author(s): Notbohm, G., Siegmann, S.
Added November 2014

Sound intensity and noise evaluation in a critical care unit

Author(s): Lawson, N., Thompson, K., Saunders, G., Saiz, J., Richardson, J., Brown, D., Ince, N., Caldwell, M., Pope, D.
Added September 2014

Noise pollution: a study of noise levels in the operation theatres of a general hospital during various surgical procedures

Author(s): Shankar, N., Malhotra, K.L., Ahuja, S., Tandon, O.P.
Added October 2012

Project Noise Buster in the NICU: How one facility lowered noise levels when caring for preterm infants.

Author(s): Thear, G., Wittmann-Price, R.A.
Added October 2012

Identification of the main sources of noise in the NICU of hospital in Iran and offering noise control methods

Author(s): Shariatzadeh, H., Abazari, M., Feiz-Arefi, M., Amani, S., Moazez, N., Babaei-Pouya, A.
Added July 2021

The Effects of Music, White Noise, and Ambient Noise on Sedation and Anxiety in Patients Under Spinal Anesthesia During Surgery

Author(s): Ilkkaya, N. K., Ustun, F. E., Sener, E. B., Kaya, C., Ustun, Yasemin Burcu, Koksal, E., Kocamanoglu, I. S., Ozkan, F.
Added September 2017

The effectiveness of environmental strategies on noise reduction in a pediatric intensive care unit: Creation of single-patient bedrooms and reducing noise sources

Author(s): Kol, E., Aydın, P., Dursun, O.
Noise has been documented to be an adverse issue for patients and workers in a healthcare setting. The authors refer to literature that indicates that in intensive care units (ICUs), an increasing number of medical devices, equipment, and healthcare providers add to the crowding and ensuing noise levels in the ICUs.
Key Point Summary
Added December 2015

The effect of loudness on spatial knowledge acquisition in a virtual outpatient polyclinic

Author(s): Dalirnaghadeh, D., Yilmazer, S.
Added February 2023

Sound environment of bedrooms in typical long-term care facilities in China

Author(s): Xie, M., Deng, Z.
Added February 2023

A qualitative approach to explore audio-visual interaction in a hospital environment

Author(s): Yilmazer, S., Uğurlu, Z.
Added February 2023

An experimental model to measure the ability of headphones with active noise control to reduce patient’s exposure to noise in an intensive care unit

Author(s): Gallacher, S., Enki, D., Stevens, S., Bennett, M. J.
Added November 2017

Music therapy intervention in an open bay neonatal intensive care unit room is associated with less noise and higher signal to noise ratios: A case-control study

Author(s): Arnon, S., Epstein, S., Ghetti, C., Bauer-Rusek, S., Taitelbaum-Swead, R., Yakobson, D.
Added August 2022

Noise Reduction in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit: A Quality Improvement Initiative

Author(s): Ahamed, M. F., Campbell, D., Horan, S., Rosen, O.
Elevated noise levels are regularly associated with adverse health effects among patients within healthcare environments. Infants are particularly vulnerable to elevated noise levels due to the immaturity of their auditory pathways, implying that neonatal intensive care units (NICUs) have an even greater responsibility for reducing noise levels.
Key Point Summary
Added June 2017

Environmental Noise Sources and Interventions to Minimize Them: A Tale of Two Hospitals

Author(s): Dube, J. A. O., Barth, M. M., Cmiel, C. A. , Cutshall, S. M. , Olson, S. M., Sulla, S. J., Nesbitt, J. C. , Sobczak, S. C., Holland, D. E.
Delivering patient care in a hospital is noisy. Yet research shows that noise interferes with the healing process and can disrupt the patient’s experience. Higher noise levels are linked to stress reaction; sleep disturbance; and increased heart rate, blood pressure, and muscle tension, creating an overarching issue that touches multiple disciplines and departments in the hospital.
Key Point Summary
Added January 2014

Noise in the Operating Room—What Do We Know? A Review of the Literature

Author(s): Hasfeldt, D., Laerkner, E., Birkelund, R.
Noise is a general stressor and should be avoided in the operating room (OR). However, over the last 10 years, while the focus has been on preventing air pollution and maximizing sterility in the OR, very little attention has gone toward preventing noise pollution. Meanwhile, there is more and more noisy technological equipment in the OR, and it can be assumed that problems with noise in the OR have not decreased.
Key Point Summary
Added January 2014

The role of noise in clinical environments with particular reference to mental health care: A narrative review

Author(s): Brown, B., Rutherford, P., Crawford, P.
The problem of noise in healthcare environments has been discussed in a variety of contexts, including psychology, sociology, built environment studies, and nursing. It has been well documented that the element of noise within clinical settings can elevate stress, impede recovery, and disturb sleep. But despite the extensive literature discussing the effects of noise in clinical settings, scarcely any research has been done on the role noise plays in mental healthcare environments.
Key Point Summary
Added October 2015

Using Rapid Assessment to Evaluate Noise on an In-Patient Unit

Author(s): Deitrick, L.M., Kennedy, P., Cyriax, C., Davies-Hathen, N.
Research shows that many hospitals are noisy from a variety of sources: people, environment, and machines. Further, this excessive noise can have negative effects on patients and staff including lost sleep, higher blood pressure, lower overall patient satisfaction, increased readmission rates, and increased employee stress levels.
Key Point Summary
Added January 2014

Noise-Induced Stress as a Predictor of Burnout in Critical Care Nurses

Author(s): Topf, M., Dillon, E.
Unpredictable and uncontrollable noise is perceived as more stressful compared with continuous noise that is under a person’s control. While extensive attention has been given to demonstrating that noise levels are exceedingly high for patients in critical care settings, relatively little has been given to the potential negative effects in nurses.
Key Point Summary
Added August 2014

Objective evaluation of the effect of noise on the performance of a complex laparoscopic task

Author(s): Moorthy, K., Munz, Y., Undre, S., Darzi A.
Noise in operating rooms has been found to be as much as two times higher than the recommended level of 45 dB. Music is played in some operating rooms to reduce patient anxiety, increase the surgeon’s concentration, and mask noise in the operating theater. While some studies have shown the detrimental effect of noise and the beneficial effects of music on patients in the OR, few studies have covered the effects of these factors on the performance of medical staff.
Key Point Summary
Added July 2014