Determination of Ambient Noise Levels in the Medical and Surgical Intensive Care Units and Adult Ward of the Makati Medical Center

Authors

  • Jacquelyn P. Chan-Zamora, MD Makati Medical Center https://orcid.org/0000-0003-4192-5651
  • Joseph Richard Ray R. Cedeño, MD Makati Medical Center
  • Patricio B. Guzman, Jr MD Makati Medical Center
  • Jomar L. Bigalbal, BSN, RN Makati Medical Center

Keywords:

noise, decibel, hospital, sound, occupational, occupational exposure/analysis, intensive care unit

Abstract

ABSTRACT

Objective: To measure the levels of environmental noise in the medical intensive care unit, surgical intensive care unit, and adult ward of the Makati Medical Center for the morning, afternoon, and evening shifts, on weekdays and weekends, and to compare noise levels across shifts, and between weekdays and weekends.

Methods:

Design: Environmental Noise Survey

Setting: Tertiary Private Training Hospital

Participants: None

Results: The overall mean environment noise levels in all the areas surveyed (medical intensive care unit, surgical intensive care unit and adult ward) exceeded World Health Organization recommendations by more than 20 dB across different working shifts on both weekdays and weekends. There was no significant difference in noise levels between weekdays and weekends across shifts in all areas, except for the afternoon shift in the Medical ICU. Using Repeated Measures ANOVA, results showed that there is no sufficient evidence to conclude that at least one shift has significantly different mean noise level in any of the 3 areas (MICU: F(2)=4.73, p-value=.1124; SICU: F(2)=7.91, p-value=.0540; WARD: F(2)=2.73, p-value=.1948)

Conclusion: The overall environmental noise levels in the different areas of MICU, SICU and Adult ward exceeded the WHO recommendation. It is recommended that a change in strategy is needed for prevention of environmental noise, setting guidelines and policies to assure quality health care and noise control. Further investigations to ascertain exact sources may give rise to feasible solutions.

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Published

2021-11-11

How to Cite

1.
Chan-Zamora J, Cedeño JRR, Guzman P, Bigalbal J. Determination of Ambient Noise Levels in the Medical and Surgical Intensive Care Units and Adult Ward of the Makati Medical Center. Philipp J Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg [Internet]. 2021 Nov. 11 [cited 2021 Nov. 28];36(2):18. Available from: https://pjohns.pso-hns.org/index.php/pjohns/article/view/1795