Study finds easy way to improve hospital soundscapes

New research from McMaster University has found that a simple tweak in the tones used by medical devices can significantly lower annoyance caused by these alarms, improving hospital working environments and even patient care.

Psychology & Psychiatry

Using your favorite song as an alarm can help you wake up more alert

This morning after waking when the alarm went off, you may have experienced a feeling of grogginess and lack of alertness. This is a physiological phenomenon termed "sleep inertia." If you experience this, you are not alone. ...


Taming the sounds of a noisy hospital room

Hospitals can get noisy, especially intensive care units, and the life-saving electronic machines monitoring patient vital signs are making most of the racket.


Medical alarms may be inaudible to hospital staff

Thousands of alarms are generated each day in any given hospital, but there are many reasons why humans may fail to respond to medical alarms, including trouble hearing the alarm.