Health Alert: ICU noise may harm patients

(CBS) - Too much noise in a hospital Intensive Care Unit could harm some patients. Yale researchers interviewed 70 ICU patients and recorded in room activities overnight. They found the sound level often exceeded recommended levels. The study says the excessive noise could lead to worse outcomes because patients are sleep deprived.

(CBS) - Where you have outpatient surgery could determine how much it will cost you. Philadelphia researchers compared outpatient surgery in a hospital and at an outside facility. They found urological procedures cost significantly less when performed in a doctor's office or surgical center. Doctors estimate medicare could save 66 million dollars a year if 50 percent of hospital surgeries are moved to ambulatory surgery centers.

(CBS) - Researchers in Sweden found people exposed to mold in their homes are at increased risk of chronic inflammatory lung disease. The disease, known as sarcoidosis, can lead to permanent organ damage.


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