Good room acoustics create conditions for good healthcare

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

Studies show that healthcare facilities are extremely noisy, a fact that health professionals will attest to. This applies generally throughout the hospital, but the acoustic environments of intensive care wards in particular are associated with high sound levels. This makes the environment problematic and tiring for patients and staff alike. Medical equipment is also a source of disturbing sound. Even at low levels, noise affects memory function and the ability to handle complex information. This problem increases when the work demands cooperation and verbal communication. Rest and good sleep are vital to patient recovery and noise impairs the quality of patients’ sleep. It has been shown that good acoustics help create harmony and lower stress levels for staff.
 
This directly contributes to better performance and so better quality of care. More relaxed staff and quieter and calmer surroundings can be directly linked to the ability of patients to recover. It has also been shown that a quieter environment causes lower stress levels in patients, reducing the need for aftercare. In addition, many people will, at some point, find themselves in a care home, and here, a good sound environment can help to maintain peace and harmony.
 
Remember

Remember:
  • Healthcare facilities are extremely noisy, a fact that affects staff and patients alike
  • The acoustic environments of intensive care wards in particular are associated with high sound levels
  • It has been shown that good acoustics help create harmony and lower stress levels for staff
  • More relaxed staff and quieter and calmer surroundings can be directly linked to the ability of patients to recover
  • It has been shown that quieter environments cause lower stress levels in patients, reducing the need for aftercare