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Nursing home population has a great deal of sleep disturbance

Monday, May 16th, 2016

Said Bettye Rose Connell, a health research scientist at the Atlanta V.A. Medical Center and an assistant professor of medicine at Emory. “…. Not all awakenings are related to noise. But sleep disruption related to noise is enough of a problem that we want to find ways to relieve it.”
Noise increases measured at six or more decibels were a factor in 18 percent of almost 4,000 nighttime awakenings, according to researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology, Emory University and the Atlanta Veterans Administration Medical Center. Researchers collected the data from 92 metro Atlanta nursing home residents studied for about 500 person-nights. The National Institute of Aging is funding the five-year study.

You can read the full report here http://gtri.gatech.edu/casestudy/quiet-hall The researchers recommend sound absorbing panels and sound deadening blankets.

We are glad to see the issue of sound in health care facilities continuing to brought to the forefront. This is a critical issue that should be dealt with in the construction plans of any health care facility.

Another Patient Nusiance

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012

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.

Patients Curtains

Wednesday, March 28th, 2012

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.

Hospital Grade Gasketing

Thursday, December 15th, 2011

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.

Staying Out Of The Nursing Home

Friday, June 3rd, 2011

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.

Green Glue Appears at the 2010 International Builder’s Show

Tuesday, January 19th, 2010

The 2010 International Builder’s Show is in Las Vegas – right now – from January 19th through 22nd. It’s one of the most amazing trade shows in the industry and if you’re in the area you need to stop by.

Make sure you keep your eyes peeled for the Green Glue table while you’re there, too. The makers of our favorite soundproofing will be on hand to demonstate just how incredible their most popular visoelastic damping compound really is. It’s a treat you won’t want to miss!

Are NY Bars in Trouble?

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2009

There is a string of bars on Third Avenue that seem to be in trouble. Residents are complaining that the very popular watering holes are incredibly noisy – so noisy they can’t sleep at night – and they’ve filed complaints with the town.

The two main bars in question are Shenanigan’s and RJ’s Lounge and Trace. Shenanigan’s, however, is off the hook because it made upgrades and added some significant soundproofing.

There are 8 families living on the street and since August they have made more than 40 complaints to the township. Many of the complaints were made in the early morning – hours when bars should be preparing to close.

So what’s the future of RJ’s and the rest of the bars on Third Avenue? Only time will tell. Hopefully they’ll get the message and shape up before it’s too late.