Quietness in hospitals has been rated by nurses as one of the most important environmental factors for patient comfort, healing and recovery. There is a large
evidence-based design extending back over 20 years that shows
how reducing noise levels in your hospital will improve clinical outcomes.
- "Loud noise levels decrease oxygen saturation, elevate blood pressure,
increase heart and respiration rates and worsen sleep."
(download "Sound Control for Improved Outcomes in Healthcare Settings")
- "Quietness is a key driver in reducing mortality and readmission rates."
(download "Achieving Patient-Centered Excellence: Identifying Drivers of Patient Mortality and Readmission")
Our passion is helping people like you apply evidence-based, Sound Solutions
in an expedient, certain and cost-effective manner.
A 1-point decrease
equates to a 5%
Please look beyond the initial costs of reducing noise to the even higher, long-term, costs of not reducing noise. A dedicated noise reduction effort is not an expense, but instead a boost to your bottom line.
- "A quiet hospital environment has a major impact on revenue enhancement and cost avoidance."
(download "The Business Case for Building Better Hospitals Through Evidence-Based Design")
What if reducing noise levels in your hospital at the cost of $10,000 or $50,000 over the next 24 months means receiving $100,000 or $150,000 in higher CMS value-based purchasing incentive payments over the next 3 years? Add to that net gain the cost reductions associated with lower readmission and mortality rates, fewer malpractice suits, fewer clinical mistakes and lower personnel turns. Some might call that a 'no brainer'.
- Use our Cost of Noise Calculator to estimate your net gain from reducing noise levels in your hospital.
Or, connect with us and we will do it for you.
Noise makes your patients unhappy ~ when they are most vulnerable, in pain and in need of restorative, healing rest. As a result, agitation, noncompliance and complaints increase. Requests for pain medication increase. Satisfaction decreases, as reflected in your patient satisfaction scores (HCAHPS).
Noise increases the stress levels of your hospital staff too. It makes them feel 'annoyed', 'bothered', 'irritated' and 'stressed'. How can they be expected to excel in patient care under these conditions?
- Some say, "happy staff, happy patients". Would not the converse then also hold true?
Now imagine happy people ~ patients, their visitors and your staff. Your patients feel so much better because they are getting more uninterrupted sleep, the kind of deep sleep that helps them heal faster and feel better. Their family members are happier too, seeing their loved ones smiling, energetic and making progress every day. Even the process of care improves because hospital staff is less stressed.