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Efficacy of Monitoring Devices in Reducing Damaging Sound Levels in Neonatal Intensive Care Units

February 16 @ 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM - Mann Hall, Room 203

Literature is replete with empiracal evidence showing a direct coorelation and a significant detrimental impact of noise in the NICU environment on the premature infants’ long-term health outcomes and cognitive development.   The sound levels that result from the best practices that are employed, the tools and equipment which clinicians use, the room layouts in which NICUs operate, and the soundresonating surfaces in the NICU rooms all affect the efficiency and effectiveness of the acute care delivery systems within a NICU.


Join assistant professors Abram Walton and Darrell Sanders discuss research used to show whether or not excessive NICU noise is a result of the occupants therein, or whether further human factors engineering studies must be conducted to further reduce the noise in a NICU through the redesign of equipment, surfaces, and layouts. In essence, the efforts of delivering lifesaving care to premature infants should not, in and of themselves, further effect harm on patients. Therefore, the delivery systems within a NICU must ensure patient safety, while maximizing acute care efficiency through the use of information technology, and reengineered best practices.

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