Hospitals are a highly sensitive environment, and this can be especially true when it comes to noise. When you pack patients, medical equipment, and hundreds of health professionals together in such close quarters, it is easy for all types of noise to travel. This is why features like suspended ceilings and acoustic wall coverings are so crucial in healthcare facilities. The following are just some of the reasons why a quiet environment is so crucial in hospital settings.
- Patient Wellness
According to a recent study, high noise levels in hospitals can actually cause increased heart rate, blood pressure, and breathing rate. They have also been linked to muscle tension and skin conductance. As a result, auditory stress is not helpful to the healing process.
- Restorative Sleep
Even a simple conversation between nurses or beeping from a neighboring room can be enough to wake up a patient in the middle of the night. Quiet hospital hallways and rooms can allow patients to regulate their natural sleep cycles and get well again. This can help their bodies recover faster.
- Patient Privacy
Soundproof wall panels also allow patients to have private conversations with their doctors inside of their rooms without the rest of the floor hearing. This also allows medical professionals to discuss patient information quietly and discretely. Controlling the spread of these voices can boost confidentiality and make patients feel more comfortable.
- Physician Focus
When a doctor is performing a procedure, they need to be as focused as possible. The carry of voices or sudden noises could be distracting. This is why it’s especially important for operation rooms to have sound insulation panels.
- Lower Stress
A quiet environment is a calm environment. When all of the above factors are considered, patients and hospital staff can heal and work within a calm place. While hospitals are not a traditional work environment, they should be a place where people feel comfortable and can do their jobs well. As for patients, they should feel comfortable enough to rest.
To actually soundproof a room, professionals use a combination of four methods: adding mass, damping, decoupling, and filling air gaps. Whether using suspended ceilings or sound wall panels, hospital managers should be aware of all of the options for managing sound. By doing so, it’s possible to create a more healing and safe environment for patients, and a more professional environment for staff.
If you are interested in furthering your soundproofing efforts, please contact ArmCom today. Our professionals are happy to assist with your soundproofing needs and craft the right solution for you.