How to Make ICU Stay Comfortable
It’s a pretty serious situation if you – or someone you love – has to be admitted to a hospital’s intensive care unit, or ICU. So, this next tip is all about making a potential ICU stay as comfortable as possible: Bring some EARPLUGS……Because that will lower your risk of suffering some of the most common ICU disturbances.
That’s according to a study from the University of Antwerp, in Belgium.
Researchers found that many patients admitted to hospital ICUs wind up suffering secondary conditions that are caused by the ICU……everything from mild confusion, to severe insomnia, to delirium. And it’s all down to the sensory overload created by all the bright lights and beeping machines.
But this new study found that when patients started wearing earplugs in the ICU, to help block out the most distracting noises, their risk for experiencing secondary conditions was cut IN HALF! And researchers say that’s significant, considering something as simple as a good night’s sleep can boost your immune system, and promote faster healing from even the most serious health issues.
It’s why researchers recommend bringing a pair of earplugs the next time you need to be admitted to the hospital, for ANY reason.