Effectiveness of Noise Reduction Strategies on Adherence to Noise Control and its Awareness among Health Care Professionals in the Intensive Care Unit

Authors : Malsawmkimi; Sugandhi D’Souza; Dr. Moses Charles D’Souza

Volume/Issue : Volume 8 - 2023, Issue 3 - March

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DOI : https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.7771003

Noise is an unintentional sound wave that has no rhythm or harmony and can impede with hearing. Noise could be an unnoticed additional factor that adds to employee fatigue and mental stress. Due to the health effects, the World Health Organization (WHO) recommends that average hospital sound levels should not exceed 35 dB, with a maximum of 40 dB at night. Most of the research shows that noise levels in ICUs, EDs, and other hospital wards are usually higher than recommended. An experimental research design was used. 36 HCP were chosen using complete enumeration. Observational checklists, structured questionnaires and noise meter mobile apps were used. According to the study's findings, 83.33% of them were female. 50% of the HCPs had experience in the ICU for less than a year, and 39% of the HCPs had experience of 1 to 3 years. 100% of people had never heard of noise reduction in ICU. Maximum and minimum sound levels before and after intervention differ significantly in all shifts at the level of p 0.001. There is a difference in adherence to noise reduction strategies between pre and post intervention at the level of p=0.002. In comparison of awareness to the pretest score of 8.58, the mean post test score is 12.22 higher. The results of the current study indicate that the teaching session and poster display on noise reduction measures encouraged the HCP to maintain a reduced noise level in the ICU.

Keywords : Adherence, Awareness, Health Care Professional, Effect.


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