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...