Soundscape evaluations in adult intensive care units

Erica Ryherd, Kerstin Persson Waye

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Abstract

Hospitals should be conducive to patient recovery and safety as well as employee health and productivity. A series of studies are being conducted by the authors to evaluate the modern hospital soundscape and the psycho-physiological responses of occupants. This involves both a quantitative and qualitative approach to assessing the sound environment utilizing collaborations between engineering and medicine. In one study, noise measurements and staff questionnaires were conducted in a neurological intensive care unit. Acoustical characteristics such as level distributions, restorative periods, and spectral quality were explored. Personnel described various perceived reactions to the sound. A second study also included patient evaluations in a general intensive care unit. The testing methods and preliminary results are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationInstitute of Noise Control Engineering of the USA - 22nd National Conference on Noise Control Engineering, NOISE-CON 2007
Pages1530-1535
Number of pages6
StatePublished - 2007
Event22nd National Conference on Noise Control Engineering, NOISE-CON 2007 - Reno, NV, United States
Duration: Oct 22 2007Oct 24 2007

Publication series

NameInstitute of Noise Control Engineering of the USA - 22nd National Conference on Noise Control Engineering, NOISE-CON 2007
Volume3

Other

Other22nd National Conference on Noise Control Engineering, NOISE-CON 2007
CountryUnited States
CityReno, NV
Period10/22/0710/24/07

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Acoustics and Ultrasonics

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    Ryherd, E., & Waye, K. P. (2007). Soundscape evaluations in adult intensive care units. In Institute of Noise Control Engineering of the USA - 22nd National Conference on Noise Control Engineering, NOISE-CON 2007 (pp. 1530-1535). (Institute of Noise Control Engineering of the USA - 22nd National Conference on Noise Control Engineering, NOISE-CON 2007; Vol. 3).