Case Study: Hospital noise reduction through the use of flexible curtain track

Historically, Florence Nightingale is credited with bringing up the issue of noise in 1859, saying “Unnecessary noise, or noise that creates an expectation in the mind, is that which hurts a patient.” And, [it is] “… the most cruel absence of care, which can be inflicted either on the sick or well.”

The auditory environment of the 21st century hospital is substantially louder, more complex and more difficult to control than that of Nightingale’s time. An article in the Boston Globe on noise in hospitals reported that noise levels have doubled since the 1960s.

The Formatrac Bendable Curtain Track has been tested to determine its decibel output when opening and closing privacy curtains. When the results came in, InPro celebrated … quietly.

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