Designing Spaces for Maximum Healing
October 22 • 12:00 – 1:30 pm ET
CEU: Ceilings in the Healthcare Segment
Discussion: Achieving a Desired Acoustic Environment: Creating Healthcare Spaces for Enhanced Healing
Research has shown that high sound levels cause stress among hospital staff and patients, which in turn increases staff turnover, as well as the rate of medical errors. World Health Organization guidelines recommend sound levels of 35 dB(A) during the day and 30 dB(A) at night with peaks of 40 dB(A) in patient rooms, yet research indicates peak noise levels in hospitals today often reach beyond 90 dB(A). Recognizing that the risk of heart attack increases when noise hits 65 decibels and that noise above 50 dB increases the need for pain medication in postoperative patients, it’s easy to see why improved acoustics and sound control in the healthcare environment are an essential aspect of design. Several studies also indicate clear links between sound levels and the quality of care. Understanding the links between a quiet environment and enhanced healing can be a decisive factor in designing for healthcare environments.
This webinar will focus on raising awareness and facilitate a discussion of the need for acoustical planning when designing and specifying for medical offices and healthcare facilities. By focusing on environmental acoustics and evidence-based design, architects have the opportunity to improve the function of healthcare spaces and enhance the quality of life for patients and healthcare workers.