Author: Maria Quinn

Noise in the ICU

Noise pollution In recent years, several acoustic studies have noted that the sound environment in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) is noisy and demanding. The noises are unpredictable and unexpected as they have numerous sources. The extent of the problem is not yet fully understood, but the impact of noise pollution in patient rooms in […]

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Great acoustics in operating rooms!

Noise in hospitals Noise levels have steadily increased in hospital over the last >40 years, both day time and night time [1]. The noise level in operating rooms can be particularly difficult and research shows that this may affect the ability of the staff to perceive proper oral instruction; it also affects their perceived stress […]

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Care Infrastructure Closer to Home

This article is a summary of the 2018 Workshop in Gothenburg, Sweden, 25-27th September: Research and Evaluation for Care Infrastructure Closer to Home Across Europe, we need health systems focused on care closer to the patient. Chronic illness and multi-morbidity – particularly concerning older citizens – means that care models must respond appropriately. Hospitals remain […]

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Euronoise 2018 – Room acoustics

Our editor Maria Quinn, Concept Developer for Healthcare in Sweden, attended Euronoise in Crete – and here are her main takeaway points from the session: Room Acoustics. Poster NOISE IN NEONATAL INTENSIVE CARE UNITS: A SHORT REVIEW, by C.Carvalhais, M.V.Silva, J.Silva, A.Xavier,J.Santos Noise affects newborns and worker in NICU rooms. Most of the noise is […]

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How to improve sound environments in operating modules

Designing hospitals is a challenging task; anyone ever involved in such a project knows that! An increasing trend in Sweden, probably other countries too, is to use ready-made modules for specialist areas. I have had the privilege to visit various building sites and completed building project were ready-made modules for Operating Rooms (OR) were used. […]

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Future-proofing healthcare with these rules

How do healthcare and hospital management need to adapt in order to future-proof their businesses? What challenges lies ahead and how can they increase their contribution to both society and a sustainable future? In my work, I have the benefit of listening to and meeting both authorities in healthcare management and healthcare professionals. Based on […]

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Yes – we can make hospitals “sound” better!

Hospitals of today are noisy. Often very noisy.  Hardly never even close to the maximum limit of 35 dB set by the World Health Organization (WHO) that would be considered a healing sound environment. Both patients and staff can be adversely affected by this noisy environment.   The growing number of technological devices, an increasing flow and […]

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The most promising conferences of 2016

End of the year means reviews and evaluations but also planning for the year ahead. There’s no shortage of conferences and seminars that promise professional development, networking, interesting research presentations and much more. But which do you pick?   Here’s our shortlist to 2016’s most interesting conferences: 7-8 January: SPIN, Groningen, the Netherlands. 8-10 March: ecobuild, […]

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