Author: Katrin Bergmark

Design – for the eye and the ear

Photo: Gabriella Wachtmeister Imagine being at the dentist. You are lying down, staring at the ceiling and are surrounded by strange noise from the equipment. Your heart is beating faster. A visit at the dentist is often something you just want to be over with. To help their patients relax, a dentist practice in Sweden […]

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Better acoustic comfort in new operating theatres

Up until now sound-reflecting, hard surface materials have often been used in operating theatres for hygiene reasons. The backside of this is that the hard surfaces often aggravate disturbing noise. Hygiene is always of utmost importance in an operating theatre, so does it mean we have to ignore the acoustics in the room and it’s […]

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A better sound environment made the hospital staff more satisfied

At a hospital in the South of Sweden, a new meeting/lunch room was built for the staff at the emergency medical unit. When the staff used the room, they were not satisfied with the acoustics. A study was performed to evaluate how the room acoustic environment could be improved. The relatively small acoustic intervention resulted […]

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Acoustic and noise control in hospitals – an important subject in Iceland

Gudrun Jonsdottir One of the participants at EuroNoise 2009 is Gudrun Jonsdottir, acoustician at EFLA, Iceland. At the conference, I had the opportunity to talk to her about noise control in hospitals in Iceland. What is the situation in Iceland when it comes to hospital buildings; do people think the sound environment is important? Hospital […]

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The Sound guide – a support to design well-functioning hospitals

Lars Johansson, functional planner at Locum As a property developer, it’s important to be as clear as possible when defining your room acoustic requirements. With this in mind, Locum and Ecophon have developed a “Sound Guide” to achieve a good acoustic outcome in healthcare buildings. Lars Johansson, functional planner at Locum who is involved in […]

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Evidence Based Design – quieter hospitals improve patient outcomes

Evidence Based Hospital Design (EBD) is a new field that guides health care construction. Research indicates that well-designed physical settings play an important role in helping hospitals to support patients healing and making hospitals better places for staff to work. The findings support the importance of improving a range of design characteristics or interventions, including […]

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WOULD YOU BE ABLE TO SLEEP IN AN INTENSIVE CARE UNIT?

It is of utmost importance that a patient is able to rest and sleep, but a Swedish study, conducted in a neurological intensive care unit, shows that is easier said than done. Measurements were made over five days and showed average LAeq values of 53-58 dB, depending on time of day. But analysing equivalent sound […]

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Alarms in hospitals – a chaotic sound environment

The use of alarms in hospitals was discussed intensively during the two days session “Healthcare Acoustics & Speech Privacy“. A study presented by S. Okcu, College of Architecture, GaTech, states that a patient in an ICU can be surrounded by up to 33 different alarms from medical equipment. Not only are the alarms disturbing to […]

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New Swedish standard

The new Swedish standard SS 25268:2007 Acoustics – Sound classification of spaces in buildings is now available. The standard supports the planning- and evaluation process of the sound environment in offices, schools, day care centres, healthcare premises, hotels and restaurants. Highlights from the new standard: – Room types are now based on activity – Shorter […]

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