High noise levels in hospitals and medical environments is linked to increased illness and slower healing.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) recommends that patient room noise levels are maintained around 30 decibels, with the maximum noise level being 40 decibels. But, according to a recent study, the average sound level at hospitals is actually 48 decibels.
Medical facilities are all subject to noise pollution – either from medical equipment, trolleys, vehicles, or from staff and other patients. Research is demonstrating that there are an increased number of problems caused by excess noise – including, high blood pressure and increased heart rate, increased errors and staff attrition, and a lack of speech privacy in professional rooms. Maybe even more importantly, excess noise causes patients to lose sleep, impeding their ability to heal, and is also linked to increased requests for medication.
Studies also show that a good sound environment significantly increases the overall quality of care in medical facilities, including benefits such as lowered blood pressure, improved quality of sleep, reduced intake of pain medication, improved communication, lowered stress levels, increased patient safety and enhanced staff wellbeing.
Avenue Interior Systems has many products to assist in achieving what is considered a comfortable and healthy acoustic environment in medical applications. We understand the value of a well-designed healthcare facility, and our high-performing and aesthetic products combine functionality, sustainability and décor in one.
All our products are easy to install and require low maintenance, meaning that there is very minimal disruption when retrofitted into an existing facility. Their smart aesthetics, acoustic certifications, fire ratings and Green Guard Gold certificates also make them ideal to include in new projects.