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Better Sleep Experience for the Critically Ill: A Comprehensive Strategy for Designing Hospital Soundscapes

by Dilip Birdja 1,* and Elif Özcan 1,2,*
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Critical Alarms Lab, Delft University of Technology, 2628 CE Delft, The Netherlands
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Department of Intensive Care, Erasmus Medical Center Rotterdam, 3015 CD Rotterdam, The Netherlands
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Multimodal Technologies Interact. 2019, 3(2), 36; https://doi.org/10.3390/mti3020036
Received: 13 March 2019 / Revised: 13 May 2019 / Accepted: 15 May 2019 / Published: 22 May 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Multimodal Medical Alarms)
In this paper, the sleep phenomenon is considered in relation to critical care soundscapes with the intention to inform hospital management, medical device producers and policy makers regarding the complexity of the issue and possible modes of design interventions. We propose a comprehensive strategy based on soundscape design approach that facilitates a systematic way of tackling the auditory quality of critical care settings in favor of better patient sleep experience. Future research directions are presented to tackle the knowledge deficits in designing for critical care soundscapes that cater for patient sleep. The need for scientifically-informed design interventions for improving patient sleep experience in critical care is highlighted. The value of the soundscape design approach for resolving other sound-induced problems in critical care and how the approach allows for patient-centred innovation that is beyond the immediate sound issue are further discussed. View Full-Text
Keywords: critical care; patient sleep; hospital sounds; medical soundscapes; design strategy critical care; patient sleep; hospital sounds; medical soundscapes; design strategy
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Birdja, D.; Özcan, E. Better Sleep Experience for the Critically Ill: A Comprehensive Strategy for Designing Hospital Soundscapes. Multimodal Technologies Interact. 2019, 3, 36.

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