Noise And Interruptions In Nursing

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Hello Erica, I enjoyed reading your post this week. As you mentioned not knowing what to expect when you go to work is something many nurses deal with on a daily basis. Working in critical care, I often encounter the same unknowns, each day is different than the last. Noise within a department, be it a mental health unit or an intensive care unit (ICU), can affect a patient similarly. ICU delirium often occurs where I work because of the constant level of noise and interruptions in one’s routine. Delirium a change in a patient’s consciousness leads to agitation, restlessness and it affects up to 80% of patients in the intensive care unit (ICU). It is estimated that ICU costs associated with delirium costs anywhere between $4 billion and $16
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