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Main corridor Morning ALS anteroom Morning Also, the author reported that reducing the level of ambient noise can improve patient care, reduce stress, and increase employee job satisfaction. The Regulatory Norm NR covers aspects related to environmental conditions and the organization of workplaces.

Rest period from occupational noise was 14 working hours, that is, the audiological testing was held before the working hours in the hospital laundry objectifying to exclude any temporary hearing loss.

Laundry workers were invited to participate in the research and informed about its objective. In each situation, minimum, maximum values and the equivalent level, which corresponds to the average integrated sound level during certain timespan, were recorded In relation to work time length, it was verified that A similar study regarding noise in the hospital workplace observed changes in noise due to periodic disturbances caused by the increased flow of people talking loudly, including students, teachers, clients, caregivers, and workers.

Although there is variation from individual to individual, people are directed to avoid exposure to noise levels that exceed 85 to 90 sound pressure level ambiance [dBA]. lie

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The data are presented in table format. J Acoust Soc Am. The environment of the ER does not have a certain time of increased noise due to several activities that happen according to the demand of the moment.

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However, legislation rules that companies are obliged to elaborate and implement those programs, disregarding the number of employees or hazard degree of their activities 17 As for the work time length in the laundry, Support Center Support Center. Introduction Technology is highly valued, especially in health care for patients with serious conditions, and sometimes technology is necessary to save lives.

Results from fe transient otoacoustic emissions testing TrOAES evidenced cochlear impairment in workers with altered audiogram, suggesting that the reason for the hearing disorders found are noise-related as NIHL is characterized by cochlear damage Table 5.

As for the professional background on noise exposure, Table 1 shows the main findings regarding symptoms, hearing and non-hearing- related complaints, possibly due to noise exposition reported by the studied subjects.

Results noise levels found were Few studies analyze the noise in ERs. AC, air conditioner; Leq, average equivalent level; dBA, compensated for on the A-weighted decibel scale. Author information Article notes Copyright and License information Disclaimer.

These technologies contribute to increased noise, making environments uncomfortable. Leq levels of helicopter and cast saw entail high hearing hazard, requiring professionals to use individual protection equipment, and point to the need of creation and implementation of effective control measures of noise levels in emergency wards.

These findings match literature data where TrOAES can verify the impairment degree of the outer hair cells in noise-exposed individuals even if Threshold Tonal Audiometry has not yet detected evident disorders Table 1 ER noise levels at different periods of the day.

Tinnitus was reported by In relation to the Medical Control and Occupational Health Program, in the document of the outsourced company, it was mentioned occupational noise risk and recommended yearly audiometric exam to all employees.

Ambient Noise in Emergency Rooms and Its Health Hazards

Other studies evidenced the same situation in companies of different lines of business, that is, the absence of recommending collective measures for occupational noise control 6 Inclusion criteria were to be a laundry deezembro and to accept the invitation to participate in the research.


It is also necessary to carry out ongoing educational actions in order to increase awareness as well as guide managers and laundry workers towards hearing health care. Dezembo data analysis, statistical procedures were carried out by means of the Chi-square test, variables as follows: In the analysis of the kinds of hearing loss, neurosensory hearing loss prevailed. And because it is a teaching hospital, there is also much movement of health care students adding to 651 noise.

Rio de Janeiro; The author concluded that these levels are sufficient to cause deleterious psychological and secondary physical effects to the team members.

Ambient Noise in Emergency Rooms and Its Health Hazards

Special attention to noise levels in the intensive care unit ICU and in operating rooms is recommended. Environmental risk assessment and noise measurement were carried out in the clean and dirty laundry areas.

The afternoon period was the noisiest. Frequent noise caused by trolleys, stretchers, wheelchairs, and phones was also detected. Journal List Int Arch Otorhinolaryngol v. The authors reported the highest level was in the ER and concluded that the human factor is a 651 source of noise pollution. However, this study did not corroborate other studies.

Among workers evidencing NIHL, most of them work in the clothes folding station 7. Accident victims arrive in this area, and it is also a meeting place for various professional teams that send and receive patients, causing movement of people and equipment and the need for oral communication, which increases sound pressure level.