HuffPost: Shhh! Hospitals Are Too Loud And It’s Hurting Patients

patient_bed-copySeptember 14, 2016 — Let’s face it. Hospitals are not exactly a relaxing place to be.

For patients or healthcare professionals.

In recent years, there’s been a movement to make hospital décor warmer. The same thing is happening now in an effort to reduce noise pollution.

Noise in hospitals can impact sleep, which is vital for patients’ recovery. Not enough sleep can cause delirium and other serious consequences.

Sounds that can trigger apprehension can increase the need for restraints, more pain medication, and frequent nursing assistance calls, Susan E. Mazer, Ph.D., president, CEO, and co-founder of Nevada-based Healing HealthCare Systems, Inc., wrote in a 2014 report.

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