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Snow – the sound of silence in the classroom…..

Västervångskolan, a school in southern Sweden, modified the acoustics and lighting in four classrooms on a trial basis in 2013. The experiment proved so successful that In 2015 the municipality decided that all schools in Landskrona would undergo similar acoustic and lighting upgrades. Class A sound absorbing suspended ceilings were installed, along with bass absorbents […]

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Noise in neonatal units

“Premature babies, with their growing brains, are especially sensitive to loud noises. In spite of this, neonatal units often generate a great deal of loud noise from equipment, alarms and adult voices. What’s more, an incubator vibrates like a drum, reinforcing sounds from outside,” explains Dr Johannes Van den Berg, a neonatal nursing specialist. Studies have shown that average noise levels […]

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Healing environment in Amersfoort

The Meander Medical Centre in Amersfoort, the Netherlands, was built entirely according to healing environment principles. Philip van Klaveren, facilities manager at the Meander Medical Centre, explained why this hospital is different from other hospitals. “The main characteristic is the huge amount of natural light entering the building, which helps with orientation and creates a feeling of spaciousness. We want this hospital to breathe hospitality” “Reducing […]

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A healing environment for violent offenders

Helix, located in beautiful natural surroundings in Flemingsberg, south of Stockholm, is one of Sweden’s most modern forensic psychiatric care facilities. Helix combines high levels of security with a healing, sound-friendly interior. We know that architecture, space, sound, colours and light can have a positive effect on the human psyche,” says Magnus Kristiansson, deputy director and unit manager at the […]

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ECO Mag – publishing prize finalist!

ECO magazine, dedicated to sound environments in healthcare, has been recognised in Sweden’s longest running comprehensive communication competition. Competing in the category Digital Magazine, ECO magazine is up against five other nominees. The jury will judge the entire product not just the design and the winners are announced at a gala event in Stockholm on 9 […]

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Healing in the jungle

Happiness is a great healer. We want being in hospital to be a fun and exciting experience for the kids,” explains Tomas Gedda, head of fundraising at the Foundation for Queen Silvia Children’s Hospital in Gothenburg. Four years have now passed since Tomas Gedda embarked on the successful “healingrooms” project. The Foundation funds and provides ancillary services designed to make a child’s hospital stay […]

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Serene births in Birmingham

“Given the difficulty of communicating with some of our patients, it was important to create an environment where they could feel safe and supported by our midwives,” says Paul Scott, capital projects manager at the City Hospital in Birmingham. The Serenity Midwifery Birth Centre provides low-risk women with a tranquil, state-of-the-art place to give birth. “It was an important consideration to get the […]

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Communication a key issue in emergency units

Stress levels run high in the emergency department. Mistakes are unacceptable. Patients’ lives depend on the skill and focus of the emergency medical team. Clear, precise communication is invaluable, so the University Medical Center Schleswig-Holstein in Lübeck, Germany, decided to create the optimum conditions for it. “In this stressful, demanding situation, we have to be in a position to communicate in […]

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Generative space design in healthcare

Fiona de Vos works with hospitals, nursing homes, mental healthcare facilities and other healthcare organizations to define strategic objectives and design goals from the perspective of evidence-based design and a healing environment. But she is already thinking ahead, she says. “I’m very interested in generative space. This is a vision developed by Wayne Ruga, my coach in the United States.” “The reason […]

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Effects of noise and stress in healthcare

Pernilla Svensson is a registered nurse in Klippan, near Helsingborg in southern Sweden. For the past 20 years, she has worked in a variety of hospital settings. ECO for Sustainable Design filmed her sharing some of her experiences regarding the working environment in the healthcare sector. “Noise has a huge effect on the working environment in a hospital ward or emergency […]

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