Advertisement

Shaping critical care through sound-driven innovation: introduction, outline, and research agenda

  • Elif ÖzcanEmail author
  • Wim J. R. Rietdijk
  • Diederik Gommers
Letter

Dear Editor,

Excessive noise has become one of the most publicly debated issues in critical care over the last 10 years [1]. Beeping alarms, conversations, droning support devices and the care giving activities that clatter, buzz and ping turn intensive care units into an acoustically hostile environment in which neither can patients recover comfortably nor can medical staff operate safely and efficiently [2, 3]. Keeping the patient alive and stable with the help of advanced technology comes at a price: health conditions such as anxiety, post-traumatic stress, noise fatigue and possibly delirium are linked to excessive noise. It is our plea to foster medical innovation that focuses not only on patients’ medical and safety needs, but also on human needs/values such as pleasure, dignity, sense of achievement.

In Fig.  1, we propose a conceptual framework that depicts how sound issues could be resolved through scientific and industrial investigations and be integrated in human-sensitive...

Notes

Compliance with ethical standards

Conflicts of interest

All authors declare that they have no conflicts of interest.

References

  1. 1.
    Rueb E (2019) To reduce hospital noise, researchers create alarms that whistle and sing. The New York Times. https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/09/science/alarm-fatigue-hospitals.html
  2. 2.
    Cvach M (2012) Monitor alarm fatigue: an integrative review. Biomed Instrum Technol 46(4):268–277CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  3. 3.
    Sendelbach S, Funk M (2013) Alarm fatigue: a patient safety concern. AACN Adv Crit Care 24(4):378–386CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  4. 4.
    Özcan E, Birdja D, Edworthy JR (2018) A holistic and collaborative approach to audible alarm design. Biomed Instrum Technol 52(6):422–432CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  5. 5.
    Birdja D, Özcan E (2019) Better sleep experience for the critically Ill: a comprehensive strategy for designing hospital soundscapes. Multimodal Technol Interact 3(2):36CrossRefGoogle Scholar

Copyright information

© Springer-Verlag GmbH Germany, part of Springer Nature 2019

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Adult Intensive CareErasmus Medical CenterRotterdamThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Critical Alarms Lab, Faculty of Industrial Design EngineeringDelft University of TechnologyDelftThe Netherlands

Personalised recommendations