What knowledge do ICU nurses have with regard to the effects of noise exposure in the Intensive Care Unit?

Christensen, Martin (2005) What knowledge do ICU nurses have with regard to the effects of noise exposure in the Intensive Care Unit? Intensive and Critical Care Nursing, 21(4), pp. 199-207.

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This small-scale study was undertaken to assess what knowledge nursing staff from a General Intensive Care Unit held with regard to noise exposure. To assess knowledge a self-administered multiple-choice questionnaire was used. Rigorous peer-review insured content validity. This study produced poor results in terms of the knowledge nurses held with regard to noise related issues in particular the psychophysiological effects and current legislation concerning its safe exposure. Non-parametric testing, using Kruskal–Wallis found no significant difference between nursing grades, however, descriptive analysis demonstrated that the staff nurse grade (D and E) performed better overall. Whilst the results of this study may seem self-evident in some respects, it is the problems of exposure to excessive noise levels for both patients and hospital personnel, which are clearly not understood. The effects noise exposure has on individuals for example decreased wound healing; sleep deprivation and cardiovascular stimulation must be of concern especially in terms of patient care but more so for nursing staff especially the effects noise levels can have on cognitive task performance.

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ID Code: 68990
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Noise, Noise exposure, Noise in hospital
DOI: 10.1016/j.iccn.2005.01.003
ISSN: 0964-3397
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > NURSING (111000) > Clinical Nursing - Secondary (Acute Care) (111003)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Schools > School of Nursing
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2005 Elsevier Ltd.
Deposited On: 21 Mar 2014 01:19
Last Modified: 21 Mar 2014 01:19

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