Hospitals and Noise (again)

Hospitals and Noise – an update

If you have spent time in a hospital, you might have noticed how LOUD they are. (Remember in the olden days, there were signs outside hospitals, telling you to be quiet? Not anymore.  Inside the hospitals may be noisier than outside!)

hospital quiet zone

Here is a link to a recent article about studies in England about noise levels in hospitals as experienced by children who stayed in hospitals.  The conclusion is that the noise levels in the hosptials reduced the sleep time for the children and for their parents who stayed with their children. (The Noise Curmudgeon has written about hospital noise before.)

If you want to read a short piece about the history of noise and hospitals, see this link.

And here is a photo of a sign in a hospital, reminding people that quiet is crucial!

hospital quiet zone in hallway

And here is an article about how one hospital has worked at reducing noise levels. Good for them!  Let’s hope others follow them.

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