Tag: hospital design

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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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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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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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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Why Vertical Acoustics Matter in Healthcare

National standards in the HC-segment are lacking In many countries national standards, regulations and guidelines are lacking in the healthcare segment. One could therefor say that in many cases building hospitals, elderly care homes and psychiatric wards is the ‘wild west’ regarding acoustics. We are lucky when new buildings are done – because if there […]

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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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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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