The Care for Sound event was arranged by the Sound Environment Center at Lund University in collaboration with Ecophon.
Sound environments in healthcare are serious and have an impact
This became clear at the interdisciplinary symposium Care for Sound in Lund, Sweden. The symposium venue was filled with architects, functional planners, researchers, healthcare staff, and others interested in learning more about sound and acoustics in healthcare, from Sweden and the rest of Europe. The speakers were all very devoted to their subjects and spread a warm feeling of care and interest in both patients and staff. Many with direct experience from the actual drama of everyday-life inside hospitals.
Care for Sound
The speakers at Care for Sound were Per Thorgaard, Töres Theorell, Kerstin Persson-Waye, Johannes Van den Berg, Patrik Grahn, and Maria Quinn. You can now watch all the presentations and interviews with the speakers on the YouTube channel. There are also proceedings available in pdf format. For this and more info go to www.careforsound.com
go to www.careforsound.com
“The sound environments in intensive care are unacceptable and in many cases unnecessary loud,” says Kerstin Persson-Waye, Professor of Occupational and Environmental Medicine at Gothenburg University, Sweden. Plenty of the most annoying sounds in healthcare are mundane. Such as alarms, telephones, doors, and voices – sound levels that it is possible to lower with the right space planning. Comfortable acoustic environments help us focus, make us calm, and are less error-prone. All are very important when working in healthcare.
See the Interview with Kerstin here