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H.U.S.H. Initiative, A Noise Reduction Project

      A quiet non-stimulating atmosphere is the preferred setting for patients in the PACU. Instead, patients often wake up to various unwanted sounds in the environment. Studies show that high levels of noise have negative physical and psychological effects on patients, including: sleep disruption, increased stress, and decreased patient confidence in the competence of their caregivers (Miller, 2006). Noise negatively affects staff performance due to interruption and distraction.
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