Posted: 5th August 2021
As anyone who has been unlucky enough to endure an overnight hospital stay will agree, hospitals are rarely peaceful places. In fact, at most times of day and night, in-patient wards are perpetually busy, with equipment, staff, and patients combining to increase noise levels. However, noise is also exacerbated by poor acoustic design, such as inadequate sound insulation or acoustic absorption.
For short stay patients, noise in hospitals is something to be tolerated; for those requiring long-term care or extended recovery times, however, the impact on recovery times can be significant.
How Noise Control Is Important For Patients’ Wellbeing
The effect of noise on the recovery of hospital patients has been analysed in-depth in many scientific studies, which have concluded that poor sleep quality – caused by noisy hospital environments – causes numerous problems including:
Noise also affects the working environment of staff, interferes with their communication, and makes audible alarms (from equipment or patient call bells) difficult to hear. By addressing the problem of poor acoustic designs in hospitals, better noise control can be implemented, improving the patient experience and their satisfaction during the stay.
Achieving Effective Acoustic Design To Improve Noise Control In Healthcare Facilities
Effective acoustic design is essential to mitigate the problem of excessive noise in hospitals. Health Technical Memorandum (HTM) 08:01 (Acoustics) outlines the important criteria for the design and management of healthcare facilities.
Ideally getting the acoustic design correct at the outset is the best way to ensure that new hospitals or health care settings comply with the criteria of HTM 08:01 and achieve a good standard of amenity for future patients.
However, even in existing hospitals remedial measures can be implemented to improve the acoustic conditions. By conducting sound and vibration level surveys, acoustic modelling and assessments, and designing appropriate mitigation measures, significant benefits can be achieved. With better sound control in healthcare buildings, productivity will be higher and patients more comfortable, with shorter recovery times that also result in cost savings.
Contact ACA Acoustics For Sound Insulation and Noise Control In Your Hospital
At ACA Acoustics, we can conduct noise surveys to identify effective solutions to improve the acoustic ambience of your hospital or medical facility, in line with the requirements of HTM 08:01. We can also facilitate effective sound control measures in noise sensitive areas, such as audiology testing rooms and surgical theatres. For more information, please get in touch with ACA Acoustics by phone or email.
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