Archive for May, 2013

Why aren’t Hospitals Using Hush Curtains?

Tuesday, May 14th, 2013

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.

Is Hospital Noise Causing Patient Deaths?

Monday, May 6th, 2013

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? (more…)