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MCN Am J Matern Child Nurs. 2007 Jul-Aug;32(4):250-3.

How the NICU environment sounds to a preterm infant: update.

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School of Nursing, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, USA. kthomas@u.washington.edu

Abstract

PURPOSE:

To replicate a previously published descriptive study of sound levels in the NICU.

STUDY DESIGN AND METHODS:

A descriptive study of nursery ambient sound levels and sound levels associated with nursery equipment and care activities was conducted in a Level III NICU. Measurements were obtained using a sound level meter and evaluated in light of previous findings.

RESULTS:

Contrasted with 16 years ago, room sound levels were reduced; however sound levels associated with caregiving, equipment, and activities continue to be high.

CLINICAL IMPLICATIONS:

Sound levels continue to be a clinical challenge for NICU nurses. This study suggests some modification of care practices and equipment selection that could reduce sound levels and concludes that sound reduction is a continuing need in neonatal care.

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