alexa Reduction of noise levels in intensive care units for infants: evaluation of an intervention program.


Journal of Nursing & Care

Author(s): Elander G, Hellstrm G

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Abstract OBJECTIVE: To investigate whether educational information for nurses concerning causes of noise would decrease noise levels in an intensive care unit for term newborns and infants. DESIGN: Pretest and posttest. SETTING: Children's surgical ward in a university hospital in southern Sweden. SUBJECTS: Fifty-two nurses in the surgical ward. OUTCOME MEASURES: Noise levels. INTERVENTION: An educational program consisting of a presentation of a videotape, presentation of the decibel values for various care activities, and a discussion of the problem. RESULTS: Statistical analysis with a paired two-tailed t test showed significant differences to exist between measurements in a cot and an incubator before the intervention (p = 0.0001), and between cot measurements before and after the intervention program (p = 0.0007). CONCLUSIONS: The results of this study show that through simple methods and without additional costs, and by making the staff aware of the problem, noise levels can be lowered considerably.
This article was published in Heart Lung and referenced in Journal of Nursing & Care

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