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Friday, January 25, 2013

1 in 10 not getting sleep at night in the hospital

8th grade word skills lesson

Have you ever visited a loved one in the hospital and thought, wow - this place is noisy? Or heard someone say they can't wait to get home from the hospital so they can get some rest? Well, if you have, you are not alone.

Medicare is interested in learning more about how patients view the noise level as an inpatient. They have included a question in required the satisfaction survey addressing the noise level at night.. The question is:"During this hospital stay, how often was the area around your room quiet at night?"

The national averages are:
60% responded "always", 29% said "usually", and 11% said "sometimes or never". 
It is important to note that this question specifically asks for the patients perception of noise at night, and not during the day when rest is needed as well.

I'm sure there is no adjustment for patients who are given medication to sleep at night, so this statistic is more than likely to be higher in actuality than what is being measured. 

During my most recent encounter at a local hospital, I noticed a lot of noise coming from linen carts, nurses talking with other nurses, and portable xray/scanner machines being transported down the hall.
I did notice we could not hear any street noise, noise from the floor above us, or from the next room.

What are your experiences with noise in the hospital?
Do you think patients are getting enough rest while in the hospital or are they better off at home to get rest and sleep?

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