Quiet design: Hospital experiments with sound panels to reduce noise
University of Michigan borrows method used in music rooms to reduce hospital noise, improve care
One of the most common complaints about hospitals is the noise. Patients complain that they can’t sleep soundly in the environment of multiple monitors, paging systems, wheel chairs and gurneys, and carts that squeak.
Ongoing efforts at the University of Michigan Health System are making the hospital quieter, and the hospital has tested sound panels designed to dial down noise.