Titled “Managing Noise in the Healthcare Space through Flooring Specification,” a new white paper from Ecore explores how sound can affect the patient experience and impact the quality of care provided. High noise levels can hinder the healing process, inhibit clinician efficiency and create compliance concerns. In response to these concerns, healthcare facilities are investing in noise-absorbing materials – including surface technology that offers noise-reducing qualities without sacrificing cleanliness or ergonomic comfort.
“Healthcare facilities have traditionally selected flooring materials that are economic and easy to maintain,” said Mark Huxta, director of healthcare sales at Ecore. “Our white paper explains how new, innovative flooring with a resilient surface and a performance rubber backing provides these benefits while also protecting patients and providers from extraneous sound.”
The white paper cites a research project conducted by the University of Hartford Acoustics program that quantified the influence different flooring materials can have on hospital corridor noise. When tested against other flooring materials – carpet, tile and vinyl – the rubber-backed solutions demonstrated the sound control of carpet with the cleanliness and efficiency of a hard surface floor.
Furthermore, the white paper examines how flooring material impacts the speed and efficiency of sound being reflected within a room, as well as sound transmission between vertically adjacent rooms. With a better understanding of how flooring influences clinical performance and patient satisfaction, organizations can equip their facilities with innovative solutions that mitigate the negative effects of unwanted noise.