Healthcare areas for concentrated work and for rest and recovery.

Ecophon official reference: hospital, intensive care. Project: Huddinge University Hospital, Huddinge sjukhus, Sweden. Facility owner: Locum AB. Photo: Inpress, Truls Busch-Christensen, Uppsala, Sweden. System: Master A.

Examples: Surgical theatres and intensive care rooms.

To consider in room acoustic design:
  • Speech clarity over short distances is important, with the reduction of noise from medical equipment. A class A ceiling provides good balance between early and late reflections, increasing speech clarity.
  • A high absorption factor in the ceiling helps to reduce the sound level in the room.
  • Good absorption in the case of high frequencies (sharp sounds) results in a “softer sound” and, thus, a more restful environment.