February 3, 2012


“Evidence Based Noise Mitigation in the NICU”

Why you want to attend:

Sound is one of the most overwhelming stimuli that occurs in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). Safe sound levels are vital for the healthy development of premature infants. Despite a significant body of evidence developed over the last two decades and the recommendations of numerous organizations, including the American Academy of Pediatrics, much of the sound that occurs in the NICU everyday could be defined as harmful noise.

Does your NICU maintain sound levels at or below the AAP recommended noise standard? How can we mitigate NICU noise and modify the environment so it benefits the babies, families and staff? This presentation will be filled with practical solutions that can be implemented in your NICU too!

Our Learning Objectives:

  • Describe how an Evidence Based Practice project was used to effect a practice change
  • Discuss the importance of noise mitigation in the NICU environment
  • Identify three strategies to use when attempting to mitigate sound in the NICU

Our Presenter: Susan Bowles, DNP, RNC-NIC Susan Bowles, DNP, RNC-NIC is a doctorally prepared Neonatal Clinical Nurse Specialist. She has also earned the Developmental Care Specialist Designation from the National Association of Neonatal Nurses and is certified as a Neonatal Intensive Care Nurse. Currently Susan is the Neonatal CNS for Tri-City Medical Center in Oceanside CA. Her area of research interest is in noise mitigation, and she has had publications and presentation in that area. Sue lives in Oceanside, has been happily married to Al a retired Navy Officer for 23 years, and has taken up a new hobby…sailing!!

This course is no longer available for CE credit

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