“Sound Environment affects the healthcare outcome” was the name of a session held at the HOPE Congress 2014 in Amsterdam.
The session, presented by Maria Quinn, a Concept Developer for Healthcare, Sweden, and Jikke Reinten (Concept Developer for Healthcare, Netherlands), explained how hospital noise can be reduced. Also how to work with acoustic design as part of creating healing environments for patients and improving conditions for staff.
The audience also experienced challenges in the conference hall during the presentation – emphasizing the message. Many nice reflections and conversations sprung from insufficient acoustics on site. Stressing how important good acoustics are for both concentration and communication! Hospital staff struggle with constant interruptions from the many sound sources surrounding them but does not have the luxury to make any mistakes due to distraction. Is this the best way to go about noisy workplaces? Should not the effort go into building acoustically supportive hospitals instead?
Interesting? Watch the YouTube video linked below for more info. It includes comments from the speakers, as well as thoughts and insights from several people in the audience.
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