Tag: hospital acoustics

Modular operating rooms provide good acoustics for surgeons

Lego construction for operating rooms Modular operating rooms are being seen more and more on the market. It takes less time to get it up and running compared to a traditionally built hospital. It´s cost-effective, time-saving, and can be taken down and moved when it´s not needed anymore. However, it can negatively affect acoustics due […]

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BNAM 2018, Reykjavik 15th–19th of April 2018

Did you miss out on the Baltic-Nordic Acoustic Meeting (BNAM2018)? Here are the major take-aways from a healthcare acoustics perspective. Harpa Iceland has it! Impressive nature, impressive people – and the impressive Harpa Concert and Conference Centre. Harpa is one of Reykjavik‘s greatest and distinguished landmarks. It is a cultural and social centre in the […]

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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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Danish project on hospital acoustics continues with funding from Danish Sound Innovation Network

Thea Mathilde Larsen, Research Assistant at DTU (Technical University of Denmark), has recently defended her master thesis project ‘Study of Room Acoustics and Noise at Bispebjerg and Frederiksberg Hospital’, a study that aimed to investigate the need for improving room acoustics in hospitals along with investigating staff’s opinion of the noise problem. It is no […]

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Danish study: 97% of hospital staff are sometimes disturbed by noise

Presentation day Today I had the pleasure of attending a presentation day at DTU (Technical University of Denmark) arranged by the Electro Department under the title: Acoustic Technology & Centre for Acoustic-Mechanical Micro Systems. The speakers were mainly PhD students and Postdocs and the topics varied from ‘Loudspeaker Array Auralisations with the Room Acoustical Simulation […]

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Proposal for revised Building Code in Finland – key implications

Acoustic standards, guidelines and building codes have the potential of having a profound impact on future construction, for better or worse, for years to come. That is why we at Acoustic Bulletin keep a keen eye on the developments. We’ve written about this topic on several occasions, like this post from Poland, or this one about […]

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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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‘Good’ and ‘bad’ healthcare acoustics

The sound environment impacts on our well-being. In healthcare, patients and staff are seen to both feel and do better in an environment with ‘good’, sound-absorbing acoustics, as opposed to being in surroundings with sound-reflecting, or ‘bad’, acoustics. Sound-reflecting vs. sound-absorbing acoustics Research comparing the impact of sound-reflecting and sound-absorbing acoustics on healthcare staff and patients […]

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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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