With all of the concerns about the stress caused to patients who hear tons of noise around them in hospital emergency rooms, it’s surprising to find that more hospitals aren’t using Hush curtains.
This video is from 2010, and I’m amazed to see the use of these curtains hasn’t spread throughout the country. Hush curtains are washable an padded, allowing for an increased level of soundproofing and privacy in the busiest part of the hospital – the emergency room.
Check it out and see for yourself. While I’m sure you can hear plenty, dulling the moans, screams, and beeping of emergency patients has to be beneficial to the stress levels of some of the others.
The question seems contradictory, but it’s a valid concern. A recent article in The Huffington Post explored the possibility that noise in hospitals was contributing to patient stress levels – and death counts.
It’s not what you think. The noise it self isn’t causing patient deaths. Can you imagine slowly going crazy from the stress of hearing hospital machines beep hour after hour? Read the rest of this entry »
You’ve either been, or know someone who has been, in the hospital. Maybe you’ve been the patient. Perhaps you were just visiting. Either way, you know the hospital is anything but quiet.
This video clip was taken by a guy in a hospital. It’s only 24 seconds long, but there are at least two identifiable sounds happening at the same time – repetitious, obnoxious sounds.
This isn’t the same as the noise you’d hear from room to room, though I’m sure it’s not too tough to hear some of those same noises coming from other rooms. So while hospitals could theoretically soundproof to help reduce some of the echoing, we have to wonder one thing. Is it really safe to do so?
In other words, would it be safe to create a situation in which it is harder for a nurse, aide, or doctor to hear that a patient is in need? Or should hospitals have more advanced call-systems that patients can use for help?
While nursing homes can be a huge life-saver for families unable to care for their family members, having dozens (or sometimes hundreds) of people beneath the same roof may give some cause for pause – especially when flu season hits.
According to The Patriot News out of Central PA, several Pennsylvania nursing homes, especially those in the Harrisburg area, are preparing for a particularly difficult flu season. There have already been several news reports about this flu season hitting harder than those previous.
The problem in nursing homes is three-fold. The first is the close confines the residents share. If one becomes sick, she may share with her roommates or those she meets in common areas. Even if she doesn’t share her illness via direct contact, the contact she has with nurses who aren’t practicing proper hygiene may act as a conduit.
The second problem is family members and visitors. In the Elizabethtown home in question, Masonic Villages, anyone who steps into the facility who has not had a flu shot must wear a mask when visiting residents. Those who have had the flu are cautioned not to visit until they’ve been fever-free for a full 24-hour period.
Finally, the nurses and caregivers themselves may become an issue. While most healthcare facilities have not in the past required workers to have a flu shot, there is now a precedent in other areas. Can you imagine being told that if you refuse a flu shot you’ll be fired from your job?
Right now, the staff at the Masonic Villages home is receiving preventative Tamiflu. If given within 24-48 hours of exposure or the onset of symptoms, it is believed that Tamiflu can prevent or decrease the severity of flu symptoms.
So what do you think? Is there really any way to prevent the flu – or any other virus – from spreading? Is it fair to force healthcare workers to take a flu shot? Let us know what you think in the comments.
Utility carts used in hospitals and nursing homes can grate on the ears (and nerves) of patients.
Rubbermaid is a household word in the United States. The commercial division began thirty five (35) years ago and now serves businesses around the World. Rubbermaid products are found in hospitals, schools, homes,the food service industry, hotels and government buildings. Rubbermaid products are built tough and are strong enough to last for years, even decades. Two (2) of the Rubbermaid products made today and available are utility carts.
One of the benefits of these carts are that the casters are very smooth and quiet. This is very important for hospital and nursing home settings where the peace of the patients are of utmost importance. Instead of investing your money into soundproofing invest it in a quality Rubbermaid utility cart instead of a noisy hand truck.
These RUBBERMAID UTILITY CARTS are perfect for use as an AV or Audio Visual cart as well and will allow you to move diverse products over many different kinds of surfaces. The casters are flexible, sturdy and easy to maneuver. The plastic type surfaces are excellent for florists, caterers, hospitals, school cafeterias, restaurants and many more. Rubbermaid is a company known for the reliability and strong construction of their products. Ordering a Rubbermaid Utility Cart is a great choice.
As we have noted many times on our site patient care includes noiseproofing their environment. In many ICU wards and emergency rooms however patients are divided by not more than a curtain. A drapery owner as come up with an interesting idea by utilizing the thin half pound mass loaded vinyl which is only a 1/16 of an inch thick, they managed to sew it together with their drapery fabric for a pretty decent sound barrier curtain. We don’t expect full sound control in such settings however it is a big help in giving patients and nurses a semblance of privacy and quiet.
Some psychiatric wards have safety issues with the rubber that can be found inside of gasketing that goes around doors and windows. patients can pull out long strips of strong silicone and harm themselves and/or others with it. The answer: Anti-Ligature strips. these strips of neoprene and silicone are notched so that when pulling on it it will break into small pieces. This Door and Window hardware site is selling it in different shapes and forms. They can even have it used in a door bottom sweep. New York State is one of the first states to recommend it’s usage and it is just a matter of time before it is mandated in certain facilities.
In a great in depth study by Herman Milller the effect of noise on patients healthcare is surprisingly interesting and bothersome. Interesting in how much noise actually effects the mental and physical health driving home the point we have been blogging about again and again, that noise is a real pollution. And bothersome due to the fact as to how far technology in the health care sector has come and yet this simple idea of constructing sound proof rooms is largely ignored. One of the reasons is because a proper soundproofing company needs to be contacted before the construction and rehab of any health care facility. Hopefully the above mentioned article will bring us a step closer to getting it done the correct way.
We all know that staying at home will keep you healthier and younger than when you are in a nursing home. Patients do not always realize that staying at home is an option. Sometimes it is nothing more than calling in a specialized contractor for handicapped. They can build retrofit bathtubs extra wide doorways, wheelchair ramps and a variety of other handicap modification that can keep you leaving in your home for a number of years longer than you thought. There are many good contractors around. Here is one specialized contractor for handicapped in NJ that we came across.
Nursing homes in the UK are finding under fire as new inspection standards go into place. Staff working for nursing homes in the UK will have to register with the newly created “Health and Care Workers Professions Council” and will be required to undergo testing.
Homes that don’t comply with the new procedures run the risk of losing all of their public funding – a risk none are willing to take in this economy. Not only are nursing homes now worried about sound proofing and internal standards of care, but they now have the government eyeballing them as well.