Hospitals launch quiet campaigns to drown out noise of modern medicine

May 05, 2011

Hospitals are noisier than ever. Worldwide, sound levels inside hospitals average 72 decibels during the day and 60 decibels at night, which far exceeds the standard of 40 decibels or less, set by the World Health Organization.

Studies find that the clamor of modern medicine can harm both patients and staff. Unwanted sound wrecks sleep, raises stress levels, induces medical mistakes, and contributes to alarm fatigue, which occurs when monitors shriek so often they are ignored or turned off, causing safety issues.

In response, hospitals throughout Illinois and the U.S. are launching "quiet campaigns" that include eliminating intercom paging, replacing metal trash cans, installing sound-absorbing flooring and paneling, and dimming lights at night to remind staff to keep their voices down.

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Source: Chicago Tribune

         
 

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Mechanical and Plumbing system noise abatement

Next to "foot-fall" noise, mechanical and related piping system noise ranks 2nd in the list of causes of noise irritation for building occupants. Though the article mentioned floor padding and air handling systems, another often ignored culprit involves plumbing and piping system, such as domoestic water and medical gas piping. Simple, affordable and highly effective isolators are readily available to dampen these noises by nearly 75% in many cases. Many healthcare facilities are currently specifying products such as the HOLDRITE Silencer System to address the issue in a predictable and reliable manner. For more information on plumbing system noise abatement, consult the ASPE Plumbing Engineering Design Handbook - Volume 1, published in 2010. Chapter 10 addresses "Acoustics in Plumbing Systems". Information is also available through reputable plumbing manufacturers, such as HOLDRITE at www.holdrite.com.