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Noise in the ICU

Stafford, Amy MN, RN, CCRN; Haverland, Amy BSN, RN, CCRN; Bridges, Elizabeth PhD, RN, CCNS

AJN, American Journal of Nursing: May 2014 - Volume 114 - Issue 5 - p 57–63
doi: 10.1097/01.NAJ.0000446780.99522.90
Critical Analysis, Critical Care

Editor's note: This is part of an ongoing series of columns from nurses at the University of Washington that will examine in depth the research related to critical care practices.

This article reviews the effect of noise on critically ill patients and presents evidence-based strategies to which nurses can actively contribute to protect patients from noise.

Amy Stafford is clinical nurse specialist in critical care and Amy Haverland is a critical care nurse educator, both at the University of Washington Medical Center in Seattle. Elizabeth Bridges is a clinical nurse researcher at the University of Washington Medical Center and an associate professor at the University of Washington School of Nursing in Seattle. Bridges also coordinates Critical Analysis, Critical Care: ebridges@u.washington.edu. The authors have disclosed no potential conflicts of interest, financial or otherwise.

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