Nurses who reported high general noise exposure were more likely to also report having health issues such as hypertension, heart disease and depression than their peers.
Observing the customary cacophony at the nursing station, I’d estimate that so-called “alarm fatigue” contributes to more than a few tragedies in long-term care.
I’m sure you remember the old joke: “Why are nursing homes so noisy? Because we forget people actually live there.” Oh sorry, that’s not a joke. My mistake.
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