Archive May 2017 XVIII, No. 5

Ideas That Work: Keep the Noise Down in Your Facility

noise detector AUDIO-VISUAL REMINDER When it gets too loud in pre-op or PACU, the noise detector turns red and beeps.

Keep the Noise Down in Your Facility

They look like traffic signals, but they actually signal that there's too much noise in our patient care areas. They're called Yacker Tracker Noise Level Monitors. We mounted one above the nurses station in both pre-op and PACU, areas where medical students and residents tend to congregate and talk loudly (patient bays are separated by curtains, not enclosed in glass). When noise exceeds the pre-set decibel level, the light turns red and the monitor beeps. It's a subtle way to get people to quiet down without having to shush them. The Yacker Tracker also comes with siren options and can say "Quiet, please" in 4 languages or your own recording. We paid about $100 for each 17-inch noise detector (self-standing or wall-mountable).

Vangie Dennis, BSN, RN, CNOR, CMLSO
The Emory Clinics: ASC
Atlanta, Ga.

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