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Noisy hospitals need Rx for quiet as patients rest
San Francisco Chronicle

Anyone who’s had a hospital stay knows the beeping monitors, the pagers and phones, the hallway chatter, the roommate, even the squeaky laundry carts all make for a not-so-restful place to heal. Hospitals need a prescription for quiet, and new research suggests it may not be easy to tamp down all the noise for a good night’s sleep. In fact, the wards with the sickest patients — the intensive care units — can be the loudest.