Tag: healing environments

Better sound environments for doctors and nurses in the Czech Republic

One of our editors in the Czech Republic (CZ), Iveta Kralova, was recently part of an intervention study in an eye clinic in Hradec Kralove. Here follows her experience in a country where acoustic standards for healthcare are lacking and where a lot of buildings are too loud to heal. Many studies have already shown […]

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Effect of sound on nurses’ task performance

It is no secret that sound affects people in healthcare. Various studies over the years have shed light on how care and cure of patients get difficult if the sound environments are not supporting the activities. Patients suffer Patients are affected by sound levels in hospitals – and during the years the sound levels has […]

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Healthcare acoustic highlights from ICSV24

This summer the 24th International Congress on Sound and Vibration (ICSV24) was held in London (23 – 27 July 2017). I already published a general blog post about it, and one post about office acoustics highlights (here). In this one I dig into the world of healthcare acoustics. Below I compiled shortly the main content from the […]

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The healing sounds of music

Can music therapy improve the sound environment for patients in hospitals? And how does is it affect the patient experience when a healing sound environment is present? We’ve invited US-based Anne Taylor, CEO of Scandic Health and Registered Nurse. Scandic Health is offering music therapy, MusiCure – Music as Medicine, which is composed by the […]

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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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Treating critically ill infants in a sound way

Imagine having a baby, or remember when you had yours. One of your strongest wishes (if not the strongest) was probably for the baby to be healthy, and for the pregnancy to be ‘normal’. But what if, instead of having a full-term, healthy baby on your or your partner’s chest, you find yourself in a high-tech […]

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Nature rocks! How nature and serenity can be used for rehabilitation

The positive impact of nature on human health is often attributed to nature’s inherent stress reducing effects. As (chronic) stress has a well-known detrimental effect on health, it can directly or indirectly contribute to the epidemic of non-communicable diseases (NCDs), such as diabetes, cardiovascular disorders, and mental disorders. How do we behave when feeling stressed? When we feel […]

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New podcast series explores how we are all affected by sound

  Acoustics, sound, noise. All impact our lives every day. Yet it is not a subject that is often discussed. So, Ecophon UK and Ireland have decided to launch a podcast to do exactly that. The new podcast, “A sound effect on people” is a monthly show that explores how we are all affected by sound. […]

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Healing environments sound good too

Sound environments can greatly impact a patient’s hospital stay and often come up in patient evaluations. Here are two examples from the UK Patient Opinion website: “There were no doors only curtains, the lady next to me coughed all night and the two patients next to her were snoring. The nurse’s room was right next […]

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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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