Faculty Advisor

Cotnoir, Paul David

Faculty Advisor

Fofana, Mustapha S.


Advances in medical technology have led to an increase in noise levels in hospitals. The Boston VA Healthcare System proposed a project aimed at decreasing noise levels throughout their hospital branches. The design team studied and analyzed noise levels associated with alarms and gained a better understanding of the term "alarm fatigue" which is an annoyance for visitors, patients and healthcare providers. By also monitoring the noise levels in patient rooms and using software data analysis techniques, we showed that noise levels as a function of location and time of day at the VA hospital exceeded the noise tolerance guidelines by the World Health Organization. Recommendations of new technology and policy to reduce noise levels at the VA hospital were made.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

April 2013

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Mechanical Engineering