Hospitals launch "quiet campaigns" to reduce noise

04/26/2011 | Chicago Tribune (tiered subscription model)

Noise is a problem for patients trying to heal and staff trying to pay attention to monitor alerts, so hospitals are coming up with ways to quiet things down, including eliminating intercom paging, redesigning nurse stations, installing flooring and wall covers that absorb noise and dimming lights at night as a reminder to tone down the volume. The Healthcare Acoustics Research Team also is studying changes to reduce decibel levels in hospitals.

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