In the paper noise disturbance in hospitals is studied with reference to a case study in a maternity ward. The analysis is carried out by means of sound insulation measurements between bedrooms and between bedroom and corridor. Equivalent sound pressure level measurements were carried out continuously for two days and nights. The number of awakening events is examined for each hour of the two nights. In addition, the results of a questionnaire conducted on more than 100 patients are reported. The results of the study show that the main cause of noise disturbance is activity in the corridors and that this kind of disturbance is usually repeated throughout the night. This is made more critical by the poor acoustic performance of the doors, but also by the habit of keeping doors open or half-open to allow doctors to always control patients. The article proposes some possible solutions to reduce noise intrusion from the corridor to the rooms.

Analysis of the Acoustic Comfort in Hospital: The Case of Maternity Rooms / Secchi, Simone; Setola, Nicoletta; Marzi, Luca; Amodeo, Veronica. - In: BUILDINGS. - ISSN 2075-5309. - ELETTRONICO. - 12:(2022), pp. 1-15. [10.3390/buildings12081117]

Analysis of the Acoustic Comfort in Hospital: The Case of Maternity Rooms

Secchi, Simone
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Setola, Nicoletta
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Marzi, Luca
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Amodeo, Veronica
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2022

Abstract

In the paper noise disturbance in hospitals is studied with reference to a case study in a maternity ward. The analysis is carried out by means of sound insulation measurements between bedrooms and between bedroom and corridor. Equivalent sound pressure level measurements were carried out continuously for two days and nights. The number of awakening events is examined for each hour of the two nights. In addition, the results of a questionnaire conducted on more than 100 patients are reported. The results of the study show that the main cause of noise disturbance is activity in the corridors and that this kind of disturbance is usually repeated throughout the night. This is made more critical by the poor acoustic performance of the doors, but also by the habit of keeping doors open or half-open to allow doctors to always control patients. The article proposes some possible solutions to reduce noise intrusion from the corridor to the rooms.
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Secchi, Simone; Setola, Nicoletta; Marzi, Luca; Amodeo, Veronica
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