The cost of noise in healthcare

The cost of noise in healthcare

Poor acoustics affect both healthcare staff and patients in several ways. Here are some of them:

Noise reduces performance

Accuracy is decreased by approximately 50% in a noisy environment. This can have critical consequences as staff may misunderstand instructions or information on dosage of medicine.

Reducing noise reduces stress

The personal experience among a group of nurses working under a sound absorbent ceiling was that their own demand, distress and strain were all greatly reduced.

A sound investment

A business case in the US found that the investment of installing high-performing ceiling and wall absorbers was paid back in three years. 

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