Hola a todos, my dear friends.
We are not aware of how alarms affects our patients, or how professionals are exposed in our day to day to this stressor.
This level of noise requires a conscious effort to control the level of voice over professionals.
The noise generated in the unit can be internal (generated by the activity that takes place every day), or outside (which comes out of the unit).
We can combat noise using materials that isolate acoustically the unit, as special materials, ceilings, soils and enclosures that absorb the noise and isolated it, because we should compliance this according to the norm UNE in 12354, parts 1, 2 and 3. “Paragraph 3.1.3 of the DB HR
On the other hand, we can fight against the internal noise replacing acoustic alarms by luminous, or using automatic glass doors, phones in vibration, noise meters, moderating the tone of the talks and tone of mobiles, moderating the volume of television, radio and audio, avoiding shocks, sudden noises and slamming doors, not dragging furniture, using suitable footwear to avoid the noise so annoying that causes the friction of the gums with the pavement”.
We have asked several experts to explain it to us, and also their technologies to learn what really matters: the soundscape of each IC-HU.
Meanwhile, an image is worth more than thousand words: it´s necessary to know what do and how, to make the corresponding actions of improvement. This is the soundscape of a Spanish IC-HU a month ago: during the day, it works around the 58 dB, by night about 54 DB. Look at the marked peaks of noise, you can get your own conclusions: what happens to those hours in this ICU?.
Really, so much to think, . If we consciously noise, we can improve the quality of life for everyone: patients, families and professionals. And that is priceless.