Monday, July 09, 2007

Remember the Ssssh nurse?

…They must have sold TONS of those framed pictures of a nurse with her finger over her lips reminding people that noise is bad for sick people trying to rest.

…She’s baaaack.

…The the fifth floor of the Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx, according to Dalton Walker (NYT, July 6, 2007), is trying to quiet things down to a dull roar.

... Cart wheels have been oiled, dings silenced, the intercom stilled. Staff members almost whisper as they confer. They wear soft-soled shoes.

…Apparently, they checked with patients who had been sent home. Their major complaint? The place was noisy!

…Workers even wear buttons with the shushing nurse on them.

…They cruise through with an audiometer from time to time. It used to be 90 decibels in there (busy street). Now it’s 65 (library).

…Now if they just wouldn’t snap on the lights at 3 am to stab you for blood!

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