Noise in Pediatric ICU Harmful for Patients

Patients, staff and families in pediatric intensive care units (PICUs) are routinely exposed to noise levels higher than the recommended safe range, says a new study reported online July 9, 2016 in the Journal of Critical Care. The average maximum dB for all patients was 82.2. The average minimum dB was 50.9. The average daily bedside noise level was 62.9 dBA. Patients experienced an average of 115 min/day where peak noise was greater than 100 dBA. Monitors were identified as the major contribution to noise by the parents and staff. These high noise levels in PICU have a detrimental effect on patients, including staff and families.