Noise exposure caused by artificial ventilation in the neonatal intensive care unit

A. Mayrand, S. Scollie, H. Roukema, M. Cheesman

Abstract


Neonates, who are being artificially ventilated in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) are exposed to noise from the ventilation equipment. They are at 10-15 times greater risk of sensorineural hearing loss. In addition to hearing risks, noise exposure causes physiological effects in premature infants - increased heart rate, blood pressure and respiratory rate. A research was carried out to determine the effect of noise exposure caused by artificial ventilation in the NICU. The research aimed at determining the noise levels and the spectra of the noises produced by different modes by artificial ventilation in the NICU.

Keywords


Audition; Intensive care units; Medical problems; Neonatal monitoring; Risk assessment; Ventilation; Artificial ventilation; Blood pressure; Noise exposure; Noise levels

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