Effect of Noise Level On Selected Physiological Parameters Among Neonates Admitted In NICU

International Journal of Nursing and Health Science
© 2017 by SSRG - IJNHS Journal
Volume 3 Issue 3
Year of Publication : 2017
Authors : Mr. Dhanraj Munuswamy Babu
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Mr. Dhanraj Munuswamy Babu, "Effect of Noise Level On Selected Physiological Parameters Among Neonates Admitted In NICU," SSRG International Journal of Nursing and Health Science, vol. 3,  no. 3, pp. 1-5, 2017. Crossref, https://doi.org/10.14445/24547484/IJNHS-V3I3P101


Infants in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) are subjected to stress, including the sound of high intensity. The sound environment in the NICU is louder than most home or office environments and contains disturbing noises of short duration and at irregular intervals. There are competing auditory signals that frequently challenge preterm infants, staff, and parents. The sound levels in NICUs often exceed the maximum acceptable level of 45 decibels (dB), recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics. Hearing impairment is diagnosed in 2% to 10% of preterm infants versus 0.1% of the general pediatric population. Noise may cause apnoea, hypoxemia, alternation in oxygen saturation, and increased oxygen consumption secondary to elevated heart and respiratory rates and may, therefore, decrease the number of calories available for growth. Very few studies have explored the physiologic responses of term and premature infants to noise in the NICU. In order to reduce sound levels, they should first be measured. A study was performed to “ Assess the effect of noise level on selected physiological parameters among neonates admitted in NICU of Bharati Hospital, Pune”.


Noise, sound, decibel, Heart rate, Respiratory rate, oxygen saturation, Neonate, NICU,


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