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Caregivers can craft operational procedures to minimize noisy situations, but the physical design of the environment also impacts the extent to which environmental sound is addressed. 

October 12, 2021

Ensuring Quiet Healthcare Settings is a Product of Thoughtful Design

With patient outcomes and even financial reimbursements at stake, it is vitally important that noise and acoustics be well-managed in medical facilities.

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Hospital systems realize both therapeutic and financial benefits from healthcare design that adequately manages sound levels in their facilities.

From a patient-care standpoint, unwanted noise can increase stress and blood pressure, make pain relief more difficult, and inhibit the ability to heal. And because the post-discharge Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) survey includes a noise component tied to reimbursement, healthcare providers have a financial incentive for addressing sound in the design of their facilities.

In their article “Addressing Sound in Healthcare Environments,” Haskell Healthcare Specification Writer Mark Schmidt, AIA, CSI CCS, LEED AP BD+C, WELL AP, and Chief Resource Architect Mark Sweeney, AIA, NCARB, identify and discuss two management phases at which healthcare designers can take steps to create the quietest possible environment: sound generation and noise management.

Schmidt and Sweeney write that designers must consider how and where sound is generated and be aware of its impact. Sound can originate internally and externally. It can result from conversations, movement of objects, and even ground and air traffic. Sound can be managed by limiting the level of sound experienced in spaces and by making design decisions that minimize the impact of the resulting noise on patients and staff.

Read the entire article about methods of giving acoustics full consideration in the design of healthcare facilities, and learn more about Haskell Healthcare’s holistic and highly collaborative approach to healthcare strategy, operations, and facilities.

Haskell delivers more than $1 billion annually in Architecture, Engineering, Construction (AEC) and Consulting solutions to assure certainty of outcome for complex capital projects worldwide. Haskell is a global, fully integrated, single-source design-build and EPC firm with over 1,800 highly specialized, in-house design, construction and administrative professionals across industrial and commercial markets. With 20+ office locations around the globe, Haskell is a trusted partner for global and emerging clients.

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