Tag: NICU

Treating critically ill infants in a sound way

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 or your partner’s chest, you find yourself in a high-tech […]

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Healing environments sound good too

Sound environments can greatly impact a patient’s hospital stay and often come up in patient evaluations. Here are two examples from the UK Patient Opinion website: “There were no doors only curtains, the lady next to me coughed all night and the two patients next to her were snoring. The nurse’s room was right next […]

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Yes – we can make hospitals “sound” better!

Hospitals of today are noisy. Often very noisy.  Hardly never even close to the maximum limit of 35 dB set by the World Health Organization (WHO) that would be considered a healing sound environment. Both patients and staff can be adversely affected by this noisy environment.   The growing number of technological devices, an increasing flow and […]

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Noise in neonatal units

“Premature babies, with their growing brains, are especially sensitive to loud noises. In spite of this, neonatal units often generate a great deal of loud noise from equipment, alarms and adult voices. What’s more, an incubator vibrates like a drum, reinforcing sounds from outside,” explains Dr Johannes Van den Berg, a neonatal nursing specialist. Studies have shown that average noise levels […]

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Sound Environment improved in NICU at UZ Leuven

The sound environment was improved in one of the bays in the Neonatal Instensive Care Unit (NICU) in Leuven when installing acoustical islands. The NICU has an innovative design focused on improving conditions for both staff and patients. The general layout is based on 3 interconnected bays. Each bay has 12 single unit patient rooms and consists […]

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