June 2017

Enhancing patient and staff well-being using design

Fast forward to 2017 and our environments are even noisier. With technology accelerating we have more beeps, bleeps and buzz than ever before. Without even realising it this noise and our surrounding interiors has an impact on our health and wellbeing. 

Decibels can be used to compare various different things, such as sound, or electricity. But fundamentally, what is being compared is always related to some form of power or energy, in this case, sound.

It is measured using a logarithmic scale:

  • The smallest audible sound 

  • (near total silence) is 0 dB. 

  • A sound 10 times more powerful is 10 dB. 

  • A sound 100 times more powerful than near total silence is 20 dB. 

  • A sound 1,000 times more powerful than near total silence is 30 dB.


Common Sounds and their dB ratings:

  • A Whisper 15dB

  • Normal Conversation 60dB

  • A Lawnmower 90dB

  • A Car Horn 110dB

  • Rock Concert or Jet Engine 120dB

  • Gun Shot or Firework 140dB


The average sound levels in a hospital during daytime hours has risen from 57 decibels in the 1960s to 72 decibels. At night the change is from 42 decibels to 60 decibels, affecting the sleep of people who need it the most - those who are unwell. The World Health Organisation suggested in their 1995 hospital noise guidelines that sound levels in patient rooms should not exceed 35 decibels. Noise in hospitals is well above the recommended figures.


 
Posted: 28/06/2017 1:30:37 AM by Crystal Richardson | with 0 comments

2016 Altro Innovation in Design Competition Winner visits Altro and Clerkenwell Design Week

Our 2016 competition winner Lynette de la Vega recently visited the UK to take part in The Clerkenwell Design week and visit our production facilities in the UK.

As part of Lynette’s visit to our headquarters, she was able to see firsthand how our products are manufactured, tested and what exciting new plans we have in store for new launches.

To top off a busy week, Lynette attended Clerkenwell Design week exploring ideas of best practise design and the latest trends coming from Europe. Lynette also met our head honcho Richard and shared her ideas about our product range and future direction. As part of the Design Festival, Altro hosted a party at our London Design Centre that was attended by hundreds of Architects and Designers. A great way to end formalities.

Congratulations once again to Lynette for taking out the 2016 award. Stay tuned for the 2017 competition that is coming soon.

Posted: 19/06/2017 3:55:38 AM by Catherine Andreopoulos | with 0 comments