Imagine, you wake up in the middle of the night to find yourself in a strange bed that is not your own, sharing a room with a bunch of people you don’t recognise and a strange array of beeps and chatter are keeping you from falling back into your half successful sleep.
This is something that is an everyday occurrence on many hospital wards. In an already strange environment, getting to sleep can be really difficult. Sounds that you are likely to hear on a ward at night are:
- The sound of monitors
- Staff talking
- Other patients talking
- Bins opening and closing
- Medicine cupboards opening and shutting
- New patients arriving
Many of these issues can be easily resolved, but some things are difficult to prevent as they are the natural sounds of a ward. One way to solve these issues is by using a sound baffling hospital privacy screen KwickScreen which acts as a sound proof wall so the background sounds of the ward can be limited.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) recommends that average hospital ward noise levels should not exceed 35 decibels (dB). But the researchers found the average sound level at hospitals exceeding 45 dBA.
Disturbed sleep in hospital can mean patients have a lower pain threshold, lowered immune defences and can make people feel more emotional. Recent study has reveald that noisy and chaotic hospitals are even causing and accelerating dementia in elderly patients.
Reducing noise at night means that patients who really need to sleep in order to recover can have a proper night’s sleep, making them healthier and so can make a quicker recovery.