Noise Pollution Endemic in Intensive Care Units Interview with:
Dr. Eveline Claes
Jessa Ziekenhuis Hospital
Hasselt, Belgium What is the background for this study? What are the main findings?

Response: The background of this study was the presence of noise in our ICU, and patients complaining about it. We wanted to look into the problem. The main findings were that there is indeed too much noise in our ICU compared to the WHO recommendations, but the measured sound levels were comparable with other ICU’s. What should readers take away from your report?

Response: Readers should be aware of the problem of the noise. It is an underestimated problem that can attribute to sleep deprivation and delirium with an adverse effect on morbidity and mortality in critically ill patients. The elevated sound levels and the frequent sound peaks can be responsible for a subjective feeling of noise pollution. Is there anything else you would like to add?

Response: At this point, the practical solution at present seems to be earplugs or other ear defender devices for patients, although there may be opportunities in the future to modulate alerts through the use of smart alarm systems and to develop equipment that produces less noise. Thank you for your contribution to the community.


Euroanaesthesia 2016 abstract:

Noise in the Intensive Care Unit: fiction or fact ?

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