Nurse-led initiative helps minimize hospital noise at night

12/9/2013 |

A pilot project at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center aimed at reducing nighttime noise yielded positive responses from patients. Under the Quiet at Night initiative, quiet hours start at 9 p.m., and nurses set their pagers on vibrate and close doors to patient rooms. Use of the overhead paging system also is halted. "Because we're so immune to it, the noise to us doesn't seem loud at all, when in fact it's hugely disruptive to the patients," said Gina Murphy, a co-author of a report about the project in the American Journal of Nursing.

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