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1 Excerpts From Conference Presentations Presented by David Sykes, Co-chair at: Internoise 2009 (Ottawa ) Healthcare Symposium (Chicago ) Healthcare Design (Orlando )

2 Next Steps For This Committee Facilitate research & testing (new online community Jan 2010) Share best practices across professions (via seminars & conferences) Encourage understanding by govt agencies, AHJs & HCOs Publish handbooks for public outreach & teaching Organize more funding for, encourage, and track research Advise manufacturers of materials & equipment Refine acoustical criteria via research for next Guidelines (2014) Continue to urge harmonization with other orgs & countries (e.g., WHO, UIA-PHG)

3 New Research Community Online Numerous research teams are working in the US & abroad at leading institutions, without coordination, cross-communication or public access This needs to change as new guidelines become mandatory Following the Paris symposium & ICBEN (July 08) the committee began organizing an open, online community to track research teams working on acoustics in healthcare facilities Emphasis needs to be on credible, transdisciplinary research See: launching in January 2010

4 About The New Online Community Mission: Encourage transdisciplinary, clinical research on healthcare acoustics by enabling direct dialog & networking between foundations, agencies, AHJs, research institutions, HCOs, clinicians, research teams, professional & industry groups, and businesses (launching January 2010)

5 Features Of The New Online Community Open, global database of recent research Searchable directory of active research teams & institutions Links to interested public & private orgs Announcement of grants & RFPs Forums, symposia & webinars on healthcare acoustics Report publishing Blogs & breaking news

6 10 Current Research Topics of Interest To HCOs & Funding Groups Acoustical materials, clean-ability & infection control (including re-purposed, new-to-market & novel materials) Practical research/test methods (ex: simulation labs, soundscapes) Formal definition of & criteria for acoustical comfort Impact of noise on patients & staff (OR, ER, NICUs, fMRI, etc.) HIPAA/speech privacy (spectra, levels, directional sound, ANC) Measurement & certification methods & protocols Mitigation (balancing materials vs technologies (directional sound, ANC, wireless signaling, remote alarms, etc.) Alarm codes & standards (i.e., priority, efficacy, etc.) Design & construction methods – impacts on noise & privacy Sound & healing (e.g., natural sounds, pain mgmt via sound)

7 7 Reminder: The New Guideline* Is Also The Reference Standard For Two New EQ Credits In GGHC & LEED HC Two EQ credits available for acoustics in: –The LEED-based Green Guide for Healthcare V2.2 ( ), –the new LEED for Healthcare (due out late 2009) FGIs Interim Sound and Vibration Guideline is the sole reference standard for these credits Download (read only) from: Download copy from: *to be published mid-January 2010

8 Reminder: Why Noise Is An Important Issue Now In 1981, White House de-funded U.S. law Noise Control Act of EPA closed Office of Noise Abatement and Control Its still a law, but noise issues were pushed off the table 30 years of neglect yielded 6% per year growth in noise in healthcare facilities (now >2 times noisier!) Urgent issue now: pandemonium & an epidemic of noise Drive to fix acoustical problems in HCOs began with HIPAA, patient-centered care, & consumer-led healthcare movements Due to 9/11/01 attacks, national security eclipsed privacy issue Recent LEED recognition that Environmental Quality (EQ) should include noise, vibration & sound--in healthcare & educ. first New HIPAA penalties ($1.5M) in ARRA-HITECH ACT

9 Some US Organizations That Support Research On Noise & Privacy AAH Foundation ASHRAE Center for the Built Environment Center for Health Design/CHER DoD, DARPA, ONR Facility Guidelines Institute National Academy of Engineering National Institutes of Health Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and others


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