3 ways to keep noise down in healthcare facilities

by Ofentse Sefolo
3 ways to keep noise down in healthcare facilities

Acoustics is a key component in the design of hospitals and healthcare environments to aid in the recovery of patients as well as improve working conditions for medical staff.
Healthcare facilities strive to be quiet spaces, however, noise remains a big challenge that hinders healthcare professionals in proving proper care and not disturb sleeping patients since sleep and rest are vital for recuperating. Sudden noises such as alarms are said to raise patients’ heart rates, and the persistent high sound levels, including the background, tend to increase blood pressure levels.

Whether excessive noise is caused by ventilation systems, outside traffic or operational practices, including medical equipment, mobile phones and people talking, unnecessary noise can be very harmful to people who are already vulnerable.

The World Health Organisation found that levels above 40db during sleep have adverse health effects, even on normal, healthy people. This is why it is worrying that a 2005 study measuring noise levels at the John Hopkins Hospital in the USA, found that noise levels have increased steadily over 50 years, with average daytime sound levels rising from 57dB to 72dB and night-time levels increasing from 42dB to 60dB.

Aluglass Bautech’s range of acoustic partitions, doors and absorption panels can help to absorb and block sound movement, and provide privacy where necessary.

1.    Acoustic glass for quiet spaces
GF Serene acoustic glass is ideal for creating different sections in a busy and noisy ward or doctor’s rooms that need to be quiet and private. It comprises modular glass elements in various thicknesses and flexible frame components, making it quick and easy to install, remove and re-install.

Decorative treatments such as sandblasting are possible, while solid panels with matching acoustic performance can also be installed.

GF Serene is an acoustic re-mountable partition system ideal for creating quiet doctors’ rooms within busy and noisy hospitals as well as healthcare facilities.

2.    Absorbing noise in open spaces
To dampen sound inside, meeting rooms, Lecture or conference rooms, wards, corridors and even reception areas, Aluglass Bautech’s Fabricmate absorption panel system reduces unwanted reverberations and echoes. It can be installed on both walls and ceilings.

With a noise reduction coefficient (NRC) ranging from 0,5 to 0,85, these panels come in select laser cut wood veneer or screen fabrics that suit any decor. What’s more, its track system can custom fit any space and contour to any architectural detail.

Create a warm environment in your hospital rooms with custom fabric wall finishing and premade fabric covered acoustic bulletin board panels. Give your patients a place to hang up their photos and cards to make their rooms feel more like home.

3.    Acoustic room partitioning
Variflex mobile acoustic partitions with integrated Varikust acoustic doors create flexible room partitioning for completely private rooms or training areas for doctors and nurses.

The Varikust glass doors also provide the option a view through, without the noise.

Professional advice
Aluglass Bautech with their technical and sound knowledge of the Acoustics and Glazing can also advise on suitable products to address specific challenges in healthcare environments.

Aluglass Bautech (Pty) Limited
Tel: 011 451 8400
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Email: mailbox@aluglass.co.za
Website: www.aluglass.co.za

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