News | February 03, 2008

SONICU Releases Networked Sound Monitoring System for NICUs

February 4, 2008 - Sonicu recently released a fully networked and integrated sound monitoring and advisory system for neonatal intensive care units (NICU) and other environments where excessive noise levels are a problem.

The Sonicu system has its roots in the hospital industry and was designed in response to evolving standards for noise monitoring and control in NICUs. Studies have shown that babies in the NICU experience physical and developmental stresses when exposed to excessive noise. Implementing the Sonicu system allows NICU staff to monitor and control noise levels; consequently, babies get more rest, which enhances their development and recovery timelines.

The system includes a three-tiered sound level indicator device, which can be mounted in a variety of positions. The device displays red, yellow or green signals to provide a visual representation of measured sound levels. A green illumination indicates measured sound level is within acceptable parameters. The yellow cautionary light notifies that sound is approaching an excessive decibel level. If the sound level exceeds the programmable excessive decibel limit, the red signal illuminates.

One available option also enables overhead lighting in the noisy area to automatically dim, warning parents, family and hospital staff of excessive noise levels. System graphics indicating sound levels and alarm status changes can be viewed by any hospital networked PC having authorized access to the system. The same graphical interface enables parameter changing through the network, as well as real-time trending graphs and printouts for unbiased feedback to those causing programmed levels to be exceeded, the manufacturer said.

�I first became aware of Sonicu after seeing one of their sound control systems in the NICU at Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis,� said Dr. Kenneth Herrmann, medical director for newborn services at the Deaconess-Riley NICU. �Since installing the product in August, we�ve noticed a huge change in behavior from our staff and families of the newborns. Sonicu accomplished in two weeks what I�ve been unable to get done in two years.�

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