Sound and noise in the ICU patient room- what does it mean to the patient?
Since our surroundings constantly express sounds of different kinds, it is impossible not to be involved in sounds. This means that everyone, health and sick alike, daily needs to relate to sounds in some form.
In the intensive care unit, critically ill patients are exposed to a sound environment that largely differs from that usually surrounds them, thus, it places high demands on already fragile and vulnerable individuals. High activity around the clock, high staffing and equipment create a sound environment that is characterized by high levels of noise and constantly recurring sound.
Therefore, this research project focuses on the patient's perspective, that is, how is it and what does it means to be seriously ill and cared for surrounded by high noise levels and noise? Can the acoustic environment be improved and how does it affect the patient?