How Hospital Noise Can Sabotage Care
Hospitals are a place you go to heal, but their sonic environments can hurt your healing process. Beeping alarms intended to alert workers to emergencies are occurring too often and too loudly. This leads to stress among patients, and healthcare workers are becoming so desensitized that critical alarms are often ignored or silenced. Known as “Alarm Fatigue”, this worsening problem results in hundreds of deaths annually in the US alone. How can hospitals turn down the volume and tune into the needs of their patients?