Hospitals take steps to reduce noise so patients can sleep

11/19/2012 | USA Today

Study data show hospital patients are easily disturbed by electronic noises and conversations, so the new Rush University Medical Center in Chicago built patient rooms that are more soundproof and have lights that automatically dim at night to remind nurses to lower noise volumes. Sleep specialist David Kuhlmann of Bothwell Regional Health Center in Missouri said for some patients "poor sleep can be the difference between having a good day or a not-good day and hospitals need to take this into account."

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