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AT THE BEDSIDE Decrease Noise Levels to Improve Patient Outcomes When technology takes precedence over patient complaints, physical comfort. I ncreased levels of noise throughout the hospital, including patients’ rooms, have reached serious proportions and must be addressed soon, advises an article in The New York Times. “The Clatter of the Hospital Room” says patients have complained for many years about high noise levels that interfere with sleep. Noises range from clinical alarms to rolling laundry carts and ice-making machines. Unfortunately, the movement toward more technology seemed to take precedence over physical comfort, and the complaints have been largely ignored until recently. That way of thinking is changing among both health professionals and equipment manufacturers. “The industry has begun sponsoring and conducting research on the amount of noise generated by medical devices, and several groups have begun working on creating more patient- and sleep-friendly products,” the article adds. Many of the newer devices work on wireless networks and send alarms or signals directly to staff members. The article states that some facilities hesitate to use this route, fearing wireless system failure. Perhaps a bigger issue regarding hospital noise, according to the article, is not so much the machines and alarms, but staff members who enter rooms at night to perform tasks that may not be necessary when a patient should be sleeping. The article concludes that healthcare workers must change how they view noise and sleep in the context of healing. “Sleep is such a powerful source of resilience,” says Orfeu Buxton, lead author of a study in Annals of Internal Medicine on hospital noises. “Its absence results in a degradation of that resilience.” How does your unit or facility reduce the level of noise? Tell us at aacnboldvoices@, click on the blue auto-reply button in the digital edition or post a wall comment at 10 SETTING THE STANDARD OF EXCELLENCE IN The First BSN - DNP Nurse Anesthesia Track in Florida Take Your Nursing Career to the Next Level Admission Deadline: September 1, 2013 Information Sessions are available: To learn more, please visit us online at, contact us at or call (305) 284-4325. HEALTH CARE EDUCATION

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Bold Voices - August 2013

Bold Voices - August 2013
Another Angle
Seamless Staff Leadership Transition Is Goal of AACN's CEO Search
A Pool of Exceptional Talent
Progressive Care Nurses: A Conference, Las Vegas and CNEs Just for You
Communication Is Critical to Avoid Readmissions
Hospital Deaths Decrease Slightly Over 10 Years
Leapfrog Rates Hospital Safety Performance
Patient Safety Threatened by Insufficient Nurse Staffing, Fatigue
Number of Americans With Dementia, Cost of Care to Double by 2040
Updated HHS Standards Support Improved Cultural and Linguistic Competency
Decrease Noise Levels to Improve Patient Outcomes
Alarm Management (AACN Practice Alert)
Survey Reports High Levels of Burnout, Job Seeking
New HIPAA Rule Seeks to Balance Patients' Privacy Protection
Pet Ownership May Be Heart-Friendly
Hospitals Better at Preventing CLABSIs
Online Program Helps Military Service Members, Veterans Become Nurses
Clot Busters Safe for Patients With Stroke Who Take Aspirin
Updated Stroke Definition Reflects New Knowledge, Advances
In Our Journals
Antibiotics May Relieve Back Pain in Certain Cases
Certification Capsules
AACN Members, Friends Inducted as AANP Fellows
Empowered ED Case Managers
New CCN Resource Expands Reader Access to Nursing Care Studies
Contribute to the Evidence: Apply for an AACN Research Grant by Nov. 1
Nurse Leaders, Aspiring Nurse Leaders: Get Ready for Las Vegas, Sept. 18-20
AACN Scholarships Support Your Learning Journey
What Is Your Wake? (From the President)

Bold Voices - August 2013