Tag: patient experience

From nowhere, Carly experienced sudden sensorineural hearing loss in her left ear

What happened next is not only for those of us with an interest in hearing but is also a really important story which could really help anyone who might have a similar issue in the future…. Carly’s personal story highlights how vulnerable we can become without our hearing functioning properly and the subsequent challenges during this […]

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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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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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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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“I think that acoustics are a bit overrated!”

Safe and Sound Kirsten Van den Bosh spoke under the title ‘Safe and Sound’ at EIAS 2015 and even though she mentioned that it was nearly blasphemy to say “I think that acoustics are a bit overrated!” during an international acoustic conference, she might have a point. Kirsten’s research focuses on soundscapes in special needs care […]

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Impact of noise in healthcare

– reflections on sound and acoustics by hospital staff.   Children crying. Alarms beeping. Verbal communication. Footsteps. Healthcare facilities are often complex sound environments and the cognitive load on staff is getting more and more challenging.  Despite this, nurses and doctors rarely complain if the acoustics are not suitable for the activities – because their […]

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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 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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What it sounds like to be an acute illness patient

The healthcare world is filled with noise; alarms, people chatting, cleaners pushing carts and much more. It becomes so familiar that staff don’t even think about it, repressing it becomes second nature, so it may be easy to forget that the patient is probably having a completely different experience. Especially an acute illness patient that […]

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