The Efficiency of environmental strategies (providing single-patient bedrooms and eliminating or reducing noise resources) on noise reduction in an pediatric intensive care unit.


KOL E., DURSUN O.

7th World Congress on Pediatric Intensive and Critical Care, İstanbul, Turkey, 5 - 07 May 2014, pp.41

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Summary Text
  • City: İstanbul
  • Country: Turkey
  • Page Numbers: pp.41
  • Akdeniz University Affiliated: Yes

Abstract

Abstract

Background: Noise has been an important problem for both patients and healthcare workers at hospitals.

Objectives: The study was aimed at determining the efficiency of environmental strategies (providing single-patient bedrooms and eliminating or reducing noise resources) on noise reduction in an pediatric intensive care unit.

Methods: Noise measurement in the unit was made in two phases. In the first phase, measurements aimed at determining the unit’s present level of noise were made over three weeks between 01 September 2012 and 01 December 2012. During the month following the first phase measurement; environmental strategies were performed. The second phase including the subsequent three weeks (01 May 2013 and 01 August  2013), control measurements were made. 

Results: The noise levels before and after the providing environmental strategies on noise reduction were calculated as 72,6 dB-A and 56 dB-A and the difference between the two levels were statistically significant (p<0.05)

Conclusions: The applications aimed at noise reduction are effective in reducing the noise in pediatric intensive care unit.