Promoting the quiet and relaxation necessary for sleep in a busy, noisy critical care environment is a problem critical care nurses face daily. Descriptive studies have defined and increased understanding of this problem, but few interventional studies have been accomplished. Interventions that have demonstrated significant improvements in sleep quality in the critical care environment are an audiotape of the sounds of the ocean or rain, a masking signal, and a back massage
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Research-Based Practice| May 01 1994
Sleep Promotion in the Critical Care Unit
Kathy Culpepper Richards, PhD, RN, CCRN
From the Surgical Intensive Care Unit and Post-Anesthesia Care Unit, Overton Brooks VAMC, Shreve-port, Louisiana, and the Northwestern State University School of Nursing, Shreveport, Louisiana.
Reprint requests to Kathy Culpepper Richards, PhD, RN, CCRN, Overton Brooks VAMC, 510 East Stoner, Shreveport, LA 71101-4295.
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AACN Adv Crit Care (1994) 5 (2): 152–158.
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Kathy Culpepper Richards; Sleep Promotion in the Critical Care Unit. AACN Adv Crit Care 1 May 1994; 5 (2): 152–158. doi: https://doi.org/10.4037/15597768-1994-2007
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