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WS23: Saint-Gobain workshop: Good sound environment and hygienic demands in hospitals
Wednesday, 15/June/2022:
10:30am - 12:00pm

Session Chair: Maria Quinn
Location: SN202

Session Abstract


Hospitals are often places where ceilings, walls and floors have hard and reflective surfaces. When it comes to sound, this means there is nothing to absorb it. It will bounce around and spread everywhere it can, raising noise levels and making it hard to relax and to have normal conversations. Poor sound insulation allows sound to propagate thru walls and add noise and also privacy impairs. It is known that high sound levels and unnecessary noise in hospitals and healthcare facilities impair sleep, increase stress and raise heart rates. Noise is a serious health issue. Acoustic solutions for ceilings and walls that comply with the hygiene demands in every kind of hospital environment, from intensive care units and operation rooms to patient rooms and airtight laboratories are needed to improve sound environment.


The aim of workshop is:

- to evaluate problems caused by noise in hospitals

- to discuss about acoustic and hygienic demands of hospital buildings

- to find solutions how to meet both acoustic and hygienic requirements


Hospital sound environment effect on staff and patients

Henna Maula Turku University of Applied Sciences

Meet hygienic demands with good acoustics

Maria Quinn Saint-Gobain Ecophon AB

Acoustics in Finnish Hospitals

Jyrki Kilpikari Saint-Gobain Finland Oy

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ID: 1854
Topics: 13b. Others - Special applications
Keywords: Hospitals, Sound environment

Saint-Gobain workshop: Good sound environment and hygienic demands in hospitals

Chair(s): Jyrki Kilpikari (Saint-Gobain Finland Oy)

Presenter(s): Henna Maula (Turku University of Applied Sciences), Maria Quinn (Saint-Gobain Ecophon AB), Jyrki Kilpikari (Saint-Gobain Finland Oy)

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