Studies show that quiet environments promote patient healing and also reduce staff and patient stress. In fact, the World Health Organization says hospitals should operate at or below 32 decibels for optimum healing. We will soon find out how we are doing at Flagler as we circulate decibel readers throughout the facility in the coming weeks.
So far, we have encouraged closing patient doors when safe and comfortable for them, fixing noisy equipment, reducing overhead pages, placing phones on vibrate and, of course, keeping our voices down to support a quiet environment. What are your thoughts on this topic? Are you comfortable asking others politely to be quiet? Do you think our decibels readings will be close to the recommended 32? Please give us your feedback!