Yacker Tracker in the NICU ??? Yacker Tracker in the NICU ??? | allnurses

Yacker Tracker in the NICU ???

  1. 13 So they just put one of these things on our unit. It's like a stoplight that goes yellow to red when there is too much noise. We are a small NICU unit. Seriously? I'm pretty insulted to be treated like a child. I tend to pick my battles wisely but this is just too much.

    What do you think about the Yacker Tracker?
    Last edit by Joe V on Jan 16
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  3. Visit  traumaRUs profile page
    #1 3
  4. Visit  klone profile page
    #2 5
    Many years ago the manager of the L&D unit I worked on tried that. I think it lasted less than a month and it disappeared.
  5. Visit  pixierose profile page
    #3 10
    I had this! It worked great ... when I was a teacher in a *classroom full of little ones.*

    I'd be insulted a bit as well.
  6. Visit  CelticGoddess profile page
    #4 11
    Quote from klone
    Many years ago the manager of the L&D unit I worked on tried that. I think it lasted less than a month and it disappeared.
    We had one at my former facility, and night shift (including me) would take the batteries out at night. We were never that loud anyway, and it just ticked us off.
  7. Visit  hherrn profile page
    #5 5
    Well, how often does it go red?
  8. Visit  pixierose profile page
    #6 4
    Quote from hherrn
    Well, how often does it go red?
    From what I remember, there are settings to it as well (adjusting to noise sensitivity). If this is still accurate, it could constantly go off, depending on whatever setting whoever put it there decided on.

    When I used it, on the first setting -- it was always going red. It was unattainable for even the most well-behaved classroom to keep it at green. I had to change the setting so the classroom could attain the behavioral goal. I would imagine it could always be going off to red in a setting such as the NICU.
  9. Visit  vanilla bean profile page
    #7 9
    These showed up all over my hospital a few years ago. They were pretty much universally ignored by staff and eventually disappeared.
  10. Visit  Extra Pickles profile page
    #8 8
    Had one of these years ago, former job. We just changed the settings so you could pretty much expect a bomb to go off before it would turn red!
  11. Visit  MunoRN profile page
    #9 15
    We don't use that particular brand, but in general I'm glad that these are around. I don't mind being reminded when I'm using my 'midnight-at-the-bar' voice instead of my midnight-in-the-hospital voice, and helping visitors be aware of their noise level is also pretty important. Is there a belief that we shouldn't try and limit excessive noise in the hospital environment?
  12. Visit  RiskManager profile page
    Quote from pixierose
    I had this! It worked great ... when I was a teacher in a *classroom full of little ones.*

    I'd be insulted a bit as well.
    Mrs. RiskManager, the elementary school teacher, has used one in her classrooms on occasion. I have never seen nor contemplated using one on a nursing unit. How odd.

    PS: When she brought it home for the summer one year, I suggested putting it in the bedroom, and she gave me such a glare.
  13. Visit  amoLucia profile page
    #11 0
    MunoRN - I just can't heap enough kudos on you!

    My workplaces have been LTC.
  14. Visit  djh123 profile page
    #12 3
    There is no limit to the stupid stuff that people will come up with.

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