Archive for December, 2010

Night Shift Nurses Sleep During the Day

Wednesday, December 29th, 2010

As a night shift nurse, you know how difficult it is to come home and try to get some sleep while the rest of the world is just starting a new day. The following video offers some great tips for preparing your bedroom environment during the day so that it is ready for you when you arrive at home. She talks about turning off your phones, hanging dark and heavy drapes, and setting an alarm.

What she doesn’t talk about, however, is keeping the room quiet. There will be noise from others around your home and if you are a full-time nurse those noises can become distracting. Think about incorporating some Green Glue noise proofing into your next home renovation project. Adding an extra layer of drywall with this incredible compound will ensure you’re able to get a more restful night (or day) of sleep.

Hospital Noise Causes Problems

Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010

There’s no doubt about it. Take one step into a hospital and you’ll immediately realize now noisy the place can be. You’ll hear overhead announcements, rumbling medical systems, the loud comments of hospital staff and visitors, and so much more.

The problem? Increased levels of sound can have an incredibly negative effect on accuracy in a hospital setting.  Nurse distracted by the beeping of a monitor may not hear an order correctly. Patients, already uncomfortable because they are in unfamiliar surroundings, can’t sleep. All of these things can have critical negative impacts on a patients health. Even the doctors and nurses themselves can become stressed due to constant exposure.

So what should they do? Many hospitals have already begun hiring acoustical consultants to help them with renovations and upgrades. At the end of the day, incorporating products like Green Glue damping compound into the structure will help to buffer some of the sound. While it can’t be eliminated altogether, reducing the level of noise will make hospitals into safer places for all involved.