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Ceiling solutions for a safer way to heal.

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Healthcare ceiling tiles support cost-effective strategies to improve comfort and safety.

Rockfon hospital ceiling tiles also help maintain caregiver and employee accuracy and productivity in hospitals, medical clinics, long-term care facilities, wellness centers and other healthcare spaces

Sleep deprivation, alarm fatigue and privacy concerns are acoustic performance challenges in hospital design that can be improved with sound-absorbing ceiling tiles.

Healthcare settings are noisy, and that noise can affect recovery time for patients and performance of employees. Healthcare ceiling tiles with high sound absorption can optimize acoustics for patient rooms and help reduce the distracting sounds of noisy nurse’s stations, loud equipment, and busy corridors.

According to The Center for Health Design, hospital noise levels have been rising consistently since the 1960s. The different aspects of sound that impact patients, staff, and visitors in hospitals include noise, speech privacy, speech intelligibility and music. “These issues associated with sound control and transmission are interrelated, and different environmental design strategies have proven successful in mitigating negative effects of noise while allowing effective verbal communication1.”

One of the lowest-scoring questions on the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) satisfaction survey asks patients, “How quiet was the area around your room at night?”2

Beyond sleep loss, high noise levels have serious impacts on patient and staff. For patients, these outcomes range from annoyance to elevated blood pressure to decreased wound healing. In one study, more medications were required by surgery patients post-recovery when noise levels were high (more than 60 dB(A).3

With the mounting scientific evidence around the negative effects of acoustics, the World Health Organization (WHO) recommends that noise not exceed more than 30 dBA and 35 dBA in hospital wards and or treatment wings, respectively.4

For medical staff, they attribute increased stress and fatigue, emotional exhaustion and burnout to high noise levels. When a caregiver becomes so accustomed to hearing constant medical equipment beeps among all the other noise in a hospital, the sound becomes ambient and they ignore alarms—with potentially deadly consequences. When overall noise is reduced, the stress levels in healthcare staff are also reduced, allowing them to tune in to what’s important.

In post-examination or consultation rooms, it’s important that the doctor and patient can talk in a quiet and private environment. Building materials should facilitate both speech intelligibility and the prevention of sound traveling into adjacent rooms. Giving patients privacy means giving them the dignity they need to get through their recovery.

“At least three studies have shown that installing high-performance, sound-absorbing ceiling tiles and panels results in reduced noise levels.”5

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Rockfon® stone wool ceiling products for healthcare

By releasing the power of stone and its unique strengths, we make ceiling products that help create healthier environments and improve indoor air quality for healthcare facilities, where patients can focus on getting better and going home sooner.

It is definitely a product that both looks good and works for dampening sounds, such as idling cars, under our entrance canopies. Myself and the project team were very impressed and love how the panels have added to our new (facility’s) overall ‘wow’ factor to everyone who visits for the first time.

Susan Holloway, RN, BSN

Director of construction management for HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital

First, do no harm. Patients, staff and visitors within healthcare spaces should expect hospital-grade ceiling tiles to support their safety and protect their health.

Safety is of paramount importance in healthcare facilities and for hospital room ceilings. Key concerns include routine aspects of hygiene and indoor air quality, and extreme events of fire or earthquakes.

To promote safety and healing, ceiling systems and other building materials must combine durable surfaces with good hygienic properties – like mold and mildew resistance. Our Rockfon® Medical™ range ceiling panels are easy to clean, offer protection from fire and humidity, and resist Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA). Furthermore, our products do not have added fungicides or antimicrobial additives.

Due to compromised immune systems, the patients in healthcare buildings and the elderly residents of long-term care facilities are often more susceptible to pollutants emitted from materials. This makes the need to improve indoor air quality critical. In addition to protecting at-risk patients and residents, high levels of pollutants and contaminants can lead to loss of concentration, bad odors, and irritation for staff, caregivers, and visitors alike. All of our Rockfon stone wool ceiling panels are GREENGUARD® Gold Certified for low chemical emissions – a critical consideration for the most vulnerable patients who are often most susceptible to pollutants emitted from materials.

We wanted to create a warm, inviting environment throughout St. Elizabeth’s Hospital. For the hospital canopies, we wanted the look of wood, but… Metal is more appropriate for the outdoor environment and noncombustible.

Dave Sheedy

Project leader and principal at Kahler Slater

Soothing, inviting spaces to help us feel better – especially when we’re healing.

Healthcare design professionals are moving away from harsh, institutional atmospheres to create more welcoming, more homelike environments. Our extensive range of ceiling systems’ colorstexturesedges, and dimensions help you design creative, comforting hospital ceiling designs.

People experience a range of emotions in healthcare facilities. The right interior design and color can play an important role in soothing stressful emotions. For example, blue has been found to calm people in high-stress settings, while bright, strong colors like red and yellow stimulate and encourage activity.

Color not only helps people orient themselves in a building, color contrast can improve signage comprehension – particularly in those with visual impairments. A ceiling, with consideration for the choice of panel edges and dimensions, can bring structure, order, and clarity to any healthcare environment. Entrances are characterized by heavy traffic – incoming patients, visitors, and staff. Halls need to be open and inviting, making concealed ceiling solutions and color important design parameters.6

Healthcare providers are emphasizing health and wellbeing both inside their facilities and among the communities they serve.

Whether renovating and expanding to meet growing communities or constructing new state-of-the-art buildings, healthcare design teams dedicate thoughtful consideration to ensuring environmentally responsible, healthy facilities and sustainable hospital designs.

As patients in hospitals already are in a vulnerable state, the need for optimal conditions to support their recovery is critical. The lack of natural light for patients can have devastating effects on their healing process. There are many ways to bring daylight further into the building, for example, by taking advantage of the high light reflection and light diffusion of our white, acoustic ceiling tiles. More effective and efficient use of natural light also helps reduce energy use and associated carbon emissions.

The materials you select to create these healing spaces also reflect careful choices. Rockfon stone wool’s primary raw materials are recycled materials and basalt rock, a natural resource found in abundance around the world. Our stone wool ceiling products are naturally resistant toward microorganisms and will not sag even in humid environments, allowing the hospital ceiling tiles to maintain their shape even in the most demanding environments. Under constant harsh cleaning, our Rockfon Medical ceiling panels retain their appearance and functionality. They install quickly, clean easily, provide access to the ceiling plenum, and remain durable and versatile for years to come.

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Sources

1. The Center for Health Design, “Sound Control for Improved Outcomes in Healthcare Settings.”

2. Healthcare Design, “A Quiet Design: Exploring HCAHPS Findings."

3. The Center for Health Design, “Sound Control for Improved Outcomes in Healthcare Settings."

4. World Health Organization, “Guidelines for community noise.”

5. The Center for Health Design, “Sound Control for Improved Outcomes in Healthcare Settings."

6.  The Center for Health Design, “The Application of Color in Healthcare Settings."

Lessons learned

  • Acoustic performance and sound-absorbing ceiling tiles can play a significant role in patient recovery and staff performance in hospitals and other healthcare facilities.
  • Hospital ceiling tiles should be easy to clean, offer protection from fire and humidity, and resist Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA).
  • Colorful ceiling accents can enhance more than aesthetics; it can affect the mood and navigation within healthcare environments.

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