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Sound pressure levels in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.
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PMID:  22241186     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
The objectives of the study were to assess sound pressure level (SPL) in two rooms of a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and to identify their sources. This quantitative-descriptive study was conducted in two rooms of a NICU of a University Hospital in São Paulo, Brazil. Three dosimeters were used to register SPL (total of 261 hours). A 48-hour register of noise sources was obtained. The results showed high SPL in both rooms. The greatest mean Leq were 71.0 dBA (room A) and 68.0 dBA (room B). Main noise sources in both units were: NICU hallway noise, traffic and conversation among professionals. The results indicate that SPLs in NICU rooms are higher than the levels recommended by regulatory agencies. A guideline was developed and an educational program was implemented as a means to reduce sound pressure levels.
Authors:
Priscila Vendramini Peixoto; Marco Antônio Nabuco de Araújo; Tereza Yoshiko Kakehashi; Eliana Moreira Pinheiro
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Revista da Escola de Enfermagem da U S P     Volume:  45     ISSN:  0080-6234     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2011 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-1-13     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0242726     Medline TA:  Rev Esc Enferm USP     Country:  -    
Other Details:
Languages:  ENG; POR     Pagination:  1309-1314     Citation Subset:  -    
Affiliation:
Escola Paulista de Enfermagem, Universidade Federal de São Paulo, São Paulo, SP, Brasil.
Vernacular Title:
Nível de pressão sonora em Unidade de Terapia Intensiva Neonatal.
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