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BERGMANN ASS OCIATES

Larsen notes that mirrored rooms' back-toback headwalls are also vulnerable to sound
transmission caused by electrical and medical
gas penetrations in outlets along the shared wall
and outside of headwall units. One potential fix is
sound-attenuating insulation. "The most effective approach is a double-stud wall with a small
air space between the walls of approximately
3/4 inch to 1 inch, completely isolating one side
from the other," she says.
To better control noise entering patient
rooms, Davenny says an inboard configuration
with toilet rooms placed adjacent to the corridor creates a nice barrier between the patient
bed and door. However, another consideration is that inboard toilets may
obstruct staff's ability to observe patients from outside. Consequently,
this isn't an ideal layout for higher acuity rooms such as cardiac care or
for patients with fall risks. However, in spaces like postpartum units, the
inboard configuration would be an effective choice.
Nurses' stations are also often sources of noise. Rich Dallam, partner at
NBBJ (Seattle), says, "We recommend hospitals incorporate dispersed nursing zones, which not only keeps staff closer to their patients but also prevents
employees from congregating in one place." While the approach will likely
limit hallway conversations, it's important to provide staff with spaces where

At the McLaren Family
Medicine Center in Grand
Ledge, Mich., designed
by Bergmann Associates,
acoustical ceiling tile and
carpeting is used in the
main waiting areas to
absorb noise. Separation
between the check-in and
waiting areas and wing
walls within the space
provide privacy.    

they're able to meet and collaborate, and that
are acoustically separated from patient areas,
such as closed offstage rooms and staff lounges.
S O U N D - A B S O R B I N G S U R FA C E S

The selection of fabric, flooring, and ceiling materials can also have a significant effect on sound
reduction in healthcare facilities.
For example, Anna Mancini, an interior designer at Shepley Bulfinch (Boston), recommends

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SHOW TALK
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BIG IDEAS
A SOUND PLAN
PROCESS IMPROVEMENT DATA TRANSMISSON
PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT ACOUSTICS
THE CENTER
SPECIAL SUPPLEMENT
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