We’ve all read stories about hospital noise and the detrimental effect it has on patients and staff. One such story comes to mind. Back in February, FierceHealthcare reported that hospital noise can become as loud as a jet engine at some points during the day. This can harm patients’ sleep patterns and blood pressure.
Citing a University of Arizona associate professor, the article reported staff changes in emergency departments have been measured at 100 to 110 decibels—as loud as a jet engine.
Staff changes in emergency departments have been measured at 100 to 110 decibels—as loud as a jet engine.
The same article attributed noise pollution to stress among hospital staff. Exposure to the constant sound of alarms leads to fatigue, and 19 out of 20 hospitals consider this a top patient safety concern.
Do you agree? At Atreo, we think it’s an important issue. That’s why we’re pleased to offer hospitals with pneumatic tube system stations a bin liner that can reduce noise of a carrier arrival significantly. In busy departments where noise is an issue, this can help.
Atreo wants to contribute to reducing noise where we can. And certainly an area around a tube system station is one location. What do you think? Is noise a problem around your pneumatic tube system stations? Email me with your thoughts.