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J Perinat Neonatal Nurs. 2003 Oct-Nov;17(4):280-8; quiz 289-90.

Adapting the neonatal intensive care environment to decrease noise.

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University of Delaware, Newark, Del., USA. Ajohnson@udel.edu

Abstract

A protocol of environmental noise reduction was developed and tested over a 14-month period in a 70-bed tertiary care neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). Evidence-based research and a detailed sound assessment guided the development of the protocol. Modifications of caregiving activities and categorized changes in the physical environment were specific to the NICU tested; however, guidelines for adapting the protocol to other NICUs are explained as well as methods for implementation to promote staff awareness and cooperation are reviewed.

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