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Excessive noise in intensive care units.

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Noise levels in the intensive care unit are known to be high. World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines suggest hospital noise levels should average 35 dBA during the day and 30 dBA at night. Research conducted by our group in five local units recorded levels just under 60 dBA during the day (equivalent to a busy restaurant) with peaks above 100 dBA 22-28 times every hour.
Staff and patients may be in a chronic state of alertness when alarms are constantly sounding. Alarms share characte...

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Published
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Not peer reviewed
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10.1136/bmj.i1956

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Department:
Oxford, MSD, Clinical Neurosciences
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Darbyshire, JL
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Darbyshire, JL
Publisher:
BMJ Publishing Group Publisher's website
Journal:
BMJ Journal website
Volume:
353
Pages:
i1956
Publication date:
2016-04-08
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EISSN:
1756-1833
ISSN:
0959-8138
URN:
uuid:fd299f34-7512-4ac0-b4fa-661fd750a5eb
Source identifiers:
616792
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pubs:616792
Language:
English

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