Characteristics of the Nighttime Hospital Bedside Care Environment (Sound, Light, and Temperature) for Children with Cancer

Lauri A. Linder, PhD, APRN, CPON; Becky J. Christian, PhD, RN


Cancer Nurs. 2011;34(3):176-184. 

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The study was the first to report direct measures of sound, light, and temperature levels during the night shift in an inpatient pediatric setting (outside of critical-care unit) and in a pediatric oncology setting. Furthermore, this study reported changes in environmental variables within the night shift rather than mean values and ranges for the entire shift.

It is important to note that sound levels at children's bedsides in patient rooms consistently exceeded those recommended by WHO and were comparable with those reported in pediatric critical-care units. Findings of this study emphasize the significance of increased sound levels in health care settings and the need to develop and test interventions to minimize noise intensity that may influence nighttime sleep of children receiving chemotherapy during the nighttime hours.


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