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Most hospital noises unnecessary

Galveston County Daily News, April 13, 2010

In his weekly It’s Your Health column, UTMB Dr. Michael Warren writes that there are two kinds of noise in a hospital: “good” noise and “bad” noise. “For instance, there’s a very sophisticated machine that emits a piercing alarm that signals you have a problem. And that’s a ‘good’ noise. … But it’s the ‘bad’ noises that we should be considering. If you’ve been hospitalized, you might well have experienced being awakened in the middle of the night, when someone entered your room to remove a piece of equipment, or to look for something that was mislaid earlier in the evening or to check your IV. … As a patient, you will have to tolerate some noise; and the larger the hospital, the noisier it will probably be. There will be more people, more phones ringing, more patients being wheeled through the hallways, more doctors and nurses conversing and more machines clanking. Be sure to figure out the difference between the ‘good’ and ‘bad’ noises; feel free to complain about the bad noises but be grateful for the good ones.”

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