Ward room/Patient room

Joensuu hospital, Finland, Architect: Arkkitehdit Martikainen Oy, Photo: Raatikainen & Vänskä Oy

It is often desirable for a patient’s room to offer the patient a sense of control and privacy. It should offer comfort so that that the patient can rest and sleep or interact with other people when the need arises.

  • Most patients have a need for additional sleep, not only during night. With the ongoing activities in the ward many patients need to be protected from noise and disturbing light.
  • Several studies have shown that noise originating both from inside and out side the sleeping quarters is the main source of night time disturbance during sleep.
  • In wards, where two or more patients share the same room, the use of sound absorbing materials is often the only way to reduce the negative effects of noise.
Ecophon's suggestion
  • Reverberation time 0.5 s or less. Highest value 250 - 4000 Hz. 125 Hz: 20% higher value permitted. Corresponds to 90% of floor surface covered with Absorption Class A (according to EN ISO 11654).
  • A requirement to clean or sanitise the room means that all surfaces need to be cleanable and withstand the occasional use of disinfectants.
Product recommendation
  • Ecophon Hygiene offers a ceilings system that combines cleanabilty with acoustic performance. Ecophon Hygiene has been validated for the disinfectants most commonly used in the healthcare sector.


A well planned sound environment improves peoples ability to perform. Understanding of acoustics enables you to define the relevant descriptors to get the best end-result.

Indoor climate

The indoor environment has a major impact on people’s health. The building materials, the ventilation, the furnishing, the cleaning routines and the activities are factors that all influence the indoor climate.