Journal article

Characterising the ambient sound environment for infants in intensive care wards

Helen Shoemark, Edward Harcourt, Sarah J Arnup, Rod W Hunt

JOURNAL OF PAEDIATRICS AND CHILD HEALTH | WILEY | Published : 2016

Abstract

AIM: The purpose of this study is to characterise ambient sound levels of paediatric and neonatal intensive care units in an old and new hospital according to current standards. METHODS: The sound environment was surveyed for 24-h data collection periods (n = 80) in the Neonatal and Paediatric Intensive Care Units (NICUs and PICUs) and Special Care Nursery of the old and new Royal Children's Hospital Melbourne. The ambient sound environment was characterised as the proportion of time the ongoing ambient sound met standard benchmarks, the mean 5-s sound levels and the number and duration of noise events. RESULTS: In the old hospital, none of the data collection periods in the NICU and PICU me..

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Funding Acknowledgements

Helen Shoemark was supported by a Career Development Award from the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute and the Victorian Government's Operational Infrastructure Support Program. The authors thank Don Black for his contribution to discussions about parameters for this study.