Nurses strive to create a healing environment for their patients but may not be aware of all the ways the intensive care unit (ICU) environment affects their own health. A study by Daraiseh and colleagues of how noise affects nurses in the ICU demonstrated that hospital leaders can promote a healthy work environment by being aware of the following key points:

  • Current ICU practices result in noise that exceeds recommended levels, which makes it difficult for institutions to comply with recommended guidelines.

  • Increased awareness of the health impact of noise on both patient and staff is needed to enhance the meaningfulness of reduction strategies.

  • Interventions must go beyond a focus on alarms and extend to behavioral strategies for noise reduction, such as quiet rooms and quiet times. A multifaceted strategy will be the most successful.

  • Noise can potentially lead to short- and long-term...

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