Nighttime Noise Reduction in the Acute Care Setting

  • 2012

Nighttime Noise Reduction in the Acute Care Setting

Author:
Matthew Fox
Abstract:

The majority of patients who stay overnight in an acute care setting complain about noise levels. Increased noise levels can have a negative impact on the amount of sleep, quality of sleep, and overall well-being of the hospitalized patient. The purpose of the project is to investigate the studies relating to the interference of nighttime noise levels on patient sleep and to implement an evidence-based protocol to be used in the cardiovascular intermediate unit (CVIU) at Genesis HealthCare System. This protocol or policy will help promote rest and healing by setting a standard of care for quiet times, and do not disturb times on the unit.