Hospitals and Healthcare


Noise is a well-documented problem in hospitals. Patients, staff and visitors talking is one thing… But the cacophony produced by televisions, alarms, carts, doors, medical equipment and mechanical systems is entirely another.

These sounds cause more than just irritation. A growing body of research shows that noise can actually harms patients—to say nothing of preventing them from getting the rest they need for recovery, which lowers HCAHPS scores (in the United States).

And they’re not the only ones affected. Noise can also exhaust staff and disrupt their concentration, affecting workplace satisfaction and, in turn, the quality of care they provide to their patients.

Noise also makes speech privacy a concern, especially when legislation like HIPAA (the United States’ Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) requires that healthcare entities take all reasonable safeguards to protect verbal communication.

Sound masking can address these acoustical issues, and help create an environment that both promotes healing and supports the delivery of care.

 

Hospitals and Healthcare

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Hospitals & Healthcare Case Study

Memorial Medical Center
Modesto, California, USA

Memorial Medical Center was experiencing noise issues and decided to conduct a trial of the LogiSon® Acoustic Network in semi-private and private patient rooms and in their Cancer Center.

Measured and subjective findings showed that the LogiSon® Acoustic Network reduced speech intelligibility and the amount of disruption caused by conversation. Noise from other sources was also far less noticeable. Overall, the difference between the masked and unmasked floors was dramatic—which is why the installation now covers four floors of patient rooms and corridors.

Partial client list

  • Abington Memorial Hospital
  • Kent General Hospital
  • Spencer Municipal Hospital
  • St. Michael’s Hospital
  • Yale-New Haven Hospital