Designing a simulation center to test acoustical criteria for healthcare facilities

Andrew Carballeira, Jo Solet, Orfeu M. Buxton, David Sykes

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Abstract

Noise in hospitals and healthcare facilities is an urgent public health concern. The healthcare industry has made significant financial commitments to construction and renovation over the next ten years. New guidelines from the American Institute of Architects and the LEED-based "Green Guide for Healthcare" recognize acoustical conditions as vital to environmental quality. To set specific standards for acoustical performance in healthcare facilities, clinical evidence is needed on the impact of the acoustical environment on human subjects. To meet this need, an interdisciplinary team of acoustical engineers, Harvard Medical School faculty and public policy professionals designed a simulation methodology to test acoustic disruption of sleep in humans. This collaboration uses soundscapes derived from recordings made in real healthcare environments, quantifies the response of human subjects to these soundscapes, and enables virtual design changes that alter the acoustical conditions of a virtual patient room. Studies of the human sleep response under controlled conditions will provide objective data for establishing and validating design and construction standards and for preparing impact analyses about the cost of integrating improved acoustics into healthcare facility design.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationInstitute of Noise Control Engineering of the USA - 22nd National Conference on Noise Control Engineering, NOISE-CON 2007
Pages1545-1555
Number of pages11
Volume3
StatePublished - 2007
Event22nd National Conference on Noise Control Engineering, NOISE-CON 2007 - Reno, NV, United States
Duration: Oct 22 2007Oct 24 2007

Other

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

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Acoustics and Ultrasonics

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    Carballeira, A., Solet, J., Buxton, O. M., & Sykes, D. (2007). Designing a simulation center to test acoustical criteria for healthcare facilities. In Institute of Noise Control Engineering of the USA - 22nd National Conference on Noise Control Engineering, NOISE-CON 2007 (Vol. 3, pp. 1545-1555)