Noise in hospitals? The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is listening, and David M. Sykes is excited that large foundations are finally considering metrics beyond decibels in examining how sound affects patients and staff.
Hospital noise still a problem? Here’s what’s being done about it: the ACA requires hospitals to survey patients about their stays, including the noise level, and ties reimbursements to the results.
It’s long been known that hospital noise is bad for health. Dr. Arline Bronzaft wrote about the serious health effects of noise on patients and staff 20 years ago. But the studies continue, as does the noise.
Dr. Daniel Fink agrees with this New York Times piece on why hospitals should let you sleep. Uninterrupted sleep is important for everyone, and we should all work together for a quieter world.
Hospitals are surprisingly noisy places. Dr. Daniel Fink wonders why the health care system can organize to treat serious medical problems quickly, but has done so little to make hospitals quieter.
Hospital noise reduces children’s sleep time and that’s a real problem. Whether at the hospital or at home, uninterrupted sleep is important for good health.