Acoustics affect our life more than we realize. In the healthcare industry, hundreds of research projects have analyzed the effects of color, lighting, temperature and sound on the well-being of patients and healthcare staff. This research tells us that:
- High sound levels in hospitals can negatively affect how patients respond to treatment.
- Designing for acoustic controls can ultimately shorten hospital stays and readmission rates.
Research has also shown that high sound levels cause stress among hospital staff and patients. This increases staff turnover, as well as the rate of medical errors. Here’s some technical guidelines: the World Health Organization recommends sound levels of 35 dB(A) during the day and 30 dB(A) at night with peaks of 40 dB(A) in patient rooms. However, research indicates peak noise levels in hospitals today often reach beyond 90 dB(A).
When it comes to acoustical performance, the role of the architect is critical. The design and choice of materials can improve a patient’s experience and increase positive outcomes. In fact, a change in acoustics can literally change survival rates in some environments.
Join us for an hour long CEU followed by a panel discussion of industry experts to learn more!
October 22nd 12-1:30 PM ET
Ceilings in the Healthcare Segment
1.0 LU/HSW, 1.0 GBCI
The panel discussion will tackle emerging topics in the healthcare design industry, such as:
- Are owners grasping the impact of acoustics on healing and reduced readmission when planning for hospital spaces?
- How has the explosion of medical technology affected ceiling design from both an acoustic and functional perspective?
- How has HIPAAand privacy concerns affected design strategies in the healthcare industry?
Register here today!