The American Journal Of Critical Care

908 WordsSep 10, 20154 Pages
The American Journal of Critical Care is a bi-monthly, peer-reviewed journal focused on improving the care of critically ill patients and their families. The authors provide resources in the form of research studies, case reports, reports on new techniques, clinical/basic science reviews, guest editorials and clinical studies. The editors strongly encourage works focused on collaborative practice and research targeted at health professionals caring for critical care populations. Critical Care Units contain various types of medical equipment necessary for continuous monitoring of patients who have serious medical conditions. Nurses are constantly responding to omnipresent alarms arising from numerous machines. Current trends in the American Journal of Critical Care have focused on the impact of persistent noise disturbances on a hospital’s healing environment. The World Health Organization recommends noise levels to be below 35 decibels (dB) in patient rooms, while findings reported the levels to be between 55-75 dB in busy Intensive Care Units (ICUs) (Riemer, Mates, Ryan & Schleder, 2015). The higher noise levels, which arise from monitor alarms, medical equipment, care activities and staff conversations, negatively effect patients as well as nurses. Health effects that result from higher levels of noise include increased heart rate, increased stress, annoyance, burnout, and job dissatisfaction (Watson, Kinstler, Vidonish III, Wagner, Lin, Davis, Kotowski & Daraiseh,
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