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Wood and Its Impact on Humans and Environment Quality in Health Care Facilities

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Institute of Interior and Exhibition Design, BCDlab, Faculty of Architecture, Slovak University of Technology, Nam. Slobody 19, 81245 Bratislava, Slovakia
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Institute of Electronics and Photonics, Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology, Slovak University of Technology, Ilkovicova 3, 81219 Bratislava, Slovakia
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Institute of Medical Physics, Biophysics, Informatics and Telemedicine, Faculty of Medicine, Comenius University, Sasinkova 2, 81372 Bratislava, Slovakia
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Institute of Biochemistry and Microbiology, Faculty of Chemical and Food Technology, Slovak University of Technology, Radlinskeho 9, 81237 Bratislava, Slovakia
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FaceMedia, Jazdecka 6, 83103 Bratislava, Slovakia
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Institute of Physiology, Faculty of Medicine, Comenius University, Sasinkova 2, 81372 Bratislava, Slovakia
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Department of Simulation and Virtual Medical Education, Faculty of Medicine, Comenius University, Sasinkova 4, 81272 Bratislava, Slovakia
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2019, 16(18), 3496; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph16183496
Received: 23 August 2019 / Revised: 12 September 2019 / Accepted: 14 September 2019 / Published: 19 September 2019
The paper presents the application of natural materials, especially wood, which are relevant for human well-being in built environments of health, social, and day care facilities. These properties were tested by a complex methodology in a case study in the wooden waiting room at National Oncology Institute in Bratislava. In this space, experimental tests of physiological responses were further executed on 50 volunteers moving in the waiting room for 20 min. In this article, the EEG (electroencephalograph) (four persons) and emotions from the faces of all our volunteers before entering and after a stay in a wooden waiting room were recorded. Specifically, the ECG (electrocardiograph), heart rate (HR), and respiration activity were measured by using our own designed ECG holter (40 persons), and also blood pressure and cortisol levels were observed. The usage of wooden materials verifies their regenerative and positive impact on the human nervous system, through the appealing aesthetics (color, texture, and structures), high contact comfort, pleasant smell, possibility to regulate air humidity, volatile organic compound emissions (VOC-emissions), and acoustic well-being in the space. View Full-Text
Keywords: natural materials; wood; environment design; hospitals; human physiology; face emotions natural materials; wood; environment design; hospitals; human physiology; face emotions
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Kotradyova, V.; Vavrinsky, E.; Kalinakova, B.; Petro, D.; Jansakova, K.; Boles, M.; Svobodova, H. Wood and Its Impact on Humans and Environment Quality in Health Care Facilities. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2019, 16, 3496. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph16183496

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Kotradyova V, Vavrinsky E, Kalinakova B, Petro D, Jansakova K, Boles M, Svobodova H. Wood and Its Impact on Humans and Environment Quality in Health Care Facilities. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2019; 16(18):3496. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph16183496

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Kotradyova, Veronika; Vavrinsky, Erik; Kalinakova, Barbora; Petro, Dominik; Jansakova, Katarina; Boles, Martin; Svobodova, Helena. 2019. "Wood and Its Impact on Humans and Environment Quality in Health Care Facilities" Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 16, no. 18: 3496. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph16183496

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