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Sound pressure levels in hospitals have risen from 57dB in 1960 to 72dB today. With that rise in sound pressure levels comes a rise in patients’ blood pressure and stress, along with slower healing times and more pain management struggles.

Noise consistently gets the worst marks on patient surveys, according to this Wall Street Journal article. Only 60 percent of patients said the area outside their room was quiet at night in a survey conducted in 2012. But hospitals are taking steps to reduce the SPL with acoustical treatments, white noise machines and other measures, including clinic doors that provide sound isolation and make patients feel comfortable that their patient confidentiality is being safeguarded in busy outpatient settings.

Why is it so important to have acoustic mitigation in clinic doors? There are several reasons.

Hospitals Receive Funding Based on Patient Experience

Since 2012, Medicare bases a portion of hospital reimbursements on certain quality measurements, which includes how patients rate the overall quality of their experience. “Noise levels,” received the lowest rating out of all the quality factors surveyed. Having doors that provide an acoustical barrier is an important matter of both financing and the patient experience.

HPPA Laws Require Patient Confidentiality

Not only will a quiet exam room or hospital room put a patient more at ease, but it’s a matter of protecting the patient’s privacy in accordance with HPPA laws.

Staff Can Focus Better When Noise is Controlled

Mistakes, such as prescribing or administering the wrong medication, treating the patient for the wrong ailment, or making a misdiagnosis, are more likely to happen in a noisy environment where the healthcare worker can’t focus as well.

In a facility with multiple exam rooms, sound-masking clinic doors create a more calming environment that allows staff to place their full focus on individual patients, leading to fewer mistakes and better outcomes.

How Do AD Systems Clinic Doors Control Noise in Hospitals and Other Healthcare Facilities?

Our clinic doors use patent-pending acoustic mitigation technology, which seals all four sides of the door for superior sound isolation. You simply can’t see this kind of acoustic mitigation in swinging doors, and many other sliding doors don’t seal on all four sides, either.  Field tests classify our clinic doors as having NIC Noise Isolation Class 39, per ASTM E336-11.

Our doors don’t just shut out noise when they’re closed. They are also quieter when they’re opening and closing. The “soft close” system of our clinic doors prevents noisy slamming, while also preventing people from getting their fingers pinched by the closing door. The doors are easy for people of all ages and strengths to slide open and close, with options for an ADA thumb-turning lock with occupancy indicator or keyway, or an ADA self-latching mortise with thumb-turn and egress handle.

Acoustical control can be beautiful, too. We offer flush wood or laminate clinic doors and wood stile and rail doors with glass vision lite. We even have lead-shielding doors and glazing options for X-ray rooms, all meeting high standards for acoustic mitigation.

Studies show noise can be stressful. But mitigating noise and maintaining privacy in a healthcare environment doesn’t have to be stressful with AD Systems Clinic Doors.