Hospital Noise Levels May Affect Health
The noise levels in many hospitals may affect patients’ health.
Hospital noise can disturb patient sleep, affect blood pressure, and interfere with patient recovery. Hospitals have something in common with restaurants: a common complaint is “too noisy.”
Many hospitals have developed programs to control noise. Steps include the use of personal pagers,”quiet” periods, and noise monitors. Medicare payment rates include patient ratings of quality of care. But in many hospitals—as in many restaurants—noise levels get the worst marks.