Imagine having a baby, or remember when you had yours. One of your strongest wishes (if not the strongest) was probably for the baby to be healthy, and for the pregnancy to be ‘normal’. But what if, instead of having a full-term, healthy baby on your chest, you find yourself in a high-tech Neonatal Intensive […]
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Noise in the Neonatal Intensive Care unit (NICU)
In “Challenging Designs of Neonatal Intensive Care Units“, Anne Marie Dazé Floyd, RN, MSN, CNS says: “A link has been established between exposure to constant room noise and loss in frequency and pattern discrimination essential to understanding the spoken word. Loss of the ability to discriminate speech can cause profound developmental delay by interfering with […]
Campaign to reduce noise in Neonatal Units
Reduce noise Birmingham Women’s Hospital NHS Trust took part in a regional campaign to raise awareness of noise levels in Neonatal Units and the need to reduce noise. Led by Advanced Neonatal Nurse Practitioner Cheryl Lewis, the campaign highlighted the impact noise can have on babies. It included staff training, posters, badges, and the use […]
Noise inside incubators – quietest hour 49 dB(A)!
A recent study “Noise exposure in a neonatogical care unit and in incubators” demonstrated a far from ideal environment for neonates inside incubators. The noise exposure of premature infants in incubators is determined by the noise situation in the neonatal care unit. And on the other hand the acoustical properties of the incubator, which should […]