The Clatter of the Hospital Room

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Initiatives are under way to reduce noise in hospitals, and while it’s too early to tell whether they will prove successful, it has become clear that patient complaints about noise and lack of sleep are critical to quality of care.


Ask any person who has ever been hospitalized or stayed at the bedside of a loved one, and most will agree that hospitals are busy, noisy places. Patients have criticized the clatter for years, but their complaints have largely been ignored because hospital administrators, doctors, nurses and other staff have believed that a quiet environment is less critical for patient care than the alerts from the multitude of alarms, whistles and buzzers and the information garnered from frequent patient checks.

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