Taking Baby Steps to Healthy Noise Levels

June is National Safety Month and we’re taking a closer look at ways to improve safety on the job and in many different public settings. Extech sound level monitoring tools have also been used in places you would never imagine. 

Take for example, the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at Elliot Hospital in Manchester, New Hampshire where specialized doctors and nurses address the unique needs of premature babies.

As part of the hospital’s efforts to implement industry requirements for newborn ICUs, Extech’s innovative, table-top or wall-mountable Sound Level Alert (SL130G) was installed in each patient room in the NICU directly on the head wall, next to the noisiest equipment and close to the baby’s head for optimal monitoring.

If a noise level higher than 60 decibels occurs, the Extech Sound Level Alert displays visual alerts (flashing “OVER” text and jumbo LEDs) and triggers a remote amber light. The remote, ceiling-mounted light is covered by a dome, allowing a glow that is bright enough to be seen by the NICU staff but soft enough not disturb the babies.

Liz Castrogiovanni, MS, RN and the department director of the NICU and Pediatric/Adolescent Unit at Elliot Hospital has had 15 Extech Sound Level Alerts installed in the NICU and found that the Extech monitors have been instrumental in helping the staff perform its noise abatement procedures. “If a NICU does not have these products, they are doing their patients, hospital and staff a disservice,” she said.

We couldn’t agree more.


About the Extech Sound Level Alert SL130G

Enforce Noise Regulations with Visible Alerts:  Use this table-top/wall-mounted Sound Level Alert to monitor noise levels and enforce compliance in a range of settings. 

This monitor with bright visual alert and oversized LCD is used for preserving quality of care in hospital settings. Along with a very large numerical decibel readout with oversized “OVER” indicator, the Sound Level Alert uses four high-intensity jumbo LEDs that flash green or red when levels are exceeded.

Learn more: http://www.extech.com/SL130G

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