Nursing home population has a great deal of sleep disturbance

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.

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