Create Immersive Simulation Environments With KwickScreen Partition Screens

Using Partition Screens For Simulation

Imagine your first day as a paramedic, out on the street and faced with a seriously ill or injured person needing your help… can you remember what to do and where to find things in the back of your ambulance? 

Working under pressure seems natural when you are experienced but teaching new staff can be difficult if all you teach is the theory. 

Simulation training provides staff with a safe learning environment in which they can develop skills without the risk of making a detrimental mistake.

'Simbulance' in use at King’s College Hospital Simulation Department.

'Simbulance' in use at King’s College Hospital Simulation Department.

We worked with the Centre for Engagement and Simulation Science at Imperial College London to create a ‘Simbulance’. They wanted to create an accurate training environment for paramedics. We worked with them to create a simulation ambulance or ‘Simbulance’, which created a safe environment for them to train and receive feedback before they have to act on live patients. By doing this they are able to continuously improve practices, processes, team work and coordination as well as so much more, especially whilst working in a small space such as an ambulance. 

By using portable partition screens KwickScreen our client was able to create an immersive simulation environment in an inexpensive and time saving manner. 

Whereas previously the products they used were made of bulky sheets that did not collapse, the KwickScreen partition screens maintain the accuracy they need whilst also being easier to store and transport between locations. When not in use, the KwickScreen partition screen retracts from 3m back into its own casing, making storage easy and neat. This has enabled them to use their portable Simbulance more frequently and take their training to more places, educating more people in an interactive and memorable way. 

What Is Simulation?

Simulation is the recreation of a situation or a process and can be useful in a multitude of scenarios. KwickScreen partition screens are portable, flexible and with printed high quality images, making it the perfect solution to simulation needs. 

Simulation can be a valuable tool to teach and educate students and staff new processes and training for unusual scenarios. 

Simulation can have many other benefits for all ages, such as helping patients with fears and phobias, or to create a dementia friendly environment to help patient experience. 

Simulation As a Tool For Education And Training:

1. Provides safe learning environment 

Simulation training provides staff with a safe learning environment in which they can develop skills without the risk of making a detrimental mistake. When faced with a situation in the future, they might have a greater ability to deal with small spaces or tricky procedures, in order to keep the patient safe whilst also ensuring what they are performing is done correctly. 

Rather than just teaching staff how to deal with various scenarios verbally, or even with a handbook of instructions, it would be more beneficial to them to learn by doing. Rather than approaching the situation for the first time when there is a life on the line, by practicing the scenario with simulation, they will be able to draw upon this as a ‘past experience’ and make better decisions quicker. 

Imperial College Centre for Engagement & Simulation Science (ICCESS) 'Inside the Simbulance'.

Imperial College Centre for Engagement & Simulation Science (ICCESS) 'Inside the Simbulance'.

2. Improves teamwork

As well as providing a greater learning experience, using KwickScreen partition screens for simulation can improve the way your staff work together as a team. Because they are able to discuss what they are doing and evaluate how they have done it, it means that they can decide on a common goal and understand each others strengths and weaknesses. 

Simulation can also be fun, especially when it is apart of a training day adding to that excitement. By having a fun experience, it can give the staff a combined memory that will improve their teamwork going forward as they learn more about each other and feel closer.

3. Accelerates learning

Research shows that students who use simulation as part of their education can learn a set of concepts quicker that those who are in a traditional lecture, in which they simply listen to someone at the front of a classroom or hall. By linking theory with practice, they are also able to retain three and a half times as much information as those who do not participate in simulation based learning. 

This does not only apply to students, but all adults learn better experientially, especially when combined with traditional teaching methods. This means that simulation is perfect for those in formal education but also for those who are not. 

The outer part of 'Simbulance' made with KwickScreen partition screens.

The outer part of 'Simbulance' made with KwickScreen partition screens.

4. Improves other critical skills

Whilst learning the practical skills such as maneuvering, simulation also improves other critical skills, like:

  • Critical and analytical thinking 
  • Ability to anticipate outcomes 
  • Active engagement in conversations, between tutors and students, and between students and their peers
  • Reflection

Simulation is also proven to improve the ability for students to confidently make decisions in the future as they have had the chance to reflect and improve their practice. By developing their confidence, it allows the students to become more independent and will allow them to use their initiative in future scenarios. Simulation is perfect for students who may have to demonstrate these critical skills as part of their degree.

Working With You

With our experience and artwork, we are able to work with you to create the right simulation for you. Whether it is a simulated ambulance, helicopter or a cave for wilderness training, our high-quality imagery can make your immersive experience even more realistic. To make things even better, our zip-out inner panels are easy to change so you can quickly switch between scenarios, even whilst on site.

 Immersive simulation environment made with KwickScreen partition screens.

 Immersive simulation environment made with KwickScreen partition screens.

Simulation Can Also Be Helpful To Patients:

1. Desensitisation for patients

It is estimated that over 10 million people in the UK have a phobia, with hospital related phobias being extremely common, for example, going into a surgery room. Children and young people often experience these phobias and if not dealt with appropriately at these early ages, they can take these fears into adulthood. 

By conquering these fears, they can receive care which otherwise may affect their health, which is why the role that organisations and teams, such as play specialists, take is so important.

One of the ways that play specialists and other healthcare services deal with such phobias, is through de-sensitisation through simulation. 

By creating the ‘feared environment’, they are gradually exposed to the situation in a safe and sensitive environment. It means that children and young people do not have added pressure and can stop whenever they want to, whilst also not being at cost to staff time which could be used to help treat another patient. It allows the children and young people to ask questions and experience their fears in an educated, non-threatening manner. 

Of course, this is not just a quick fix and will be used with other therapy techniques, but KwickScreen can help with this particular side of therapy technique. We can provide you with customisable, and interchangeable screen printings so you can create the most realistic environment, even printing your photographs of specific rooms, so it creates the most effective simulation for helping your patients who suffer from phobias. KwickScreen partition screens are flexible, so you can manipulate how open or enclosed the simulation will be.

2. Dementia friendly areas

Creating memory lanes or replica villages for your ward or accommodation is a great way to use simulation as a tool for dementia friendly design

KwickScreen partition screens used as a backdrop to create a dementia friendly environment.

KwickScreen partition screens used as a backdrop to create a dementia friendly environment.

Memory lanes or replica villages are spaces that are designed to replicate how places used to look in the past. They can be very useful in supporting people living with dementia and older people living in care homes, adding to their patient experience.

By ensuring the simulation is interactive, it provides everyone with something to do, as well as providing a comfort to dementia patients by doing a familiar task. Your memory lane or replica village could include a café, old fashioned board games or a market stall. 

These lanes can encourage patients to share stories and relive happy memories, but also provides a way to start a new conversation about the activity they are doing. Dementia friendly simulation techniques are a useful way to create conversations between patients, residents and visitors, without constantly asking ‘do you remember this’. 

By using KwickScreen partition screens, you can create a realistic background to your space, with the ability to change it as necessary. We can create a unique background for your local area, so depending on your patients, location and time they remember, the partition screens KwickScreen can provide the most relevant background to your dementia friendly simulation.

A Summary Of How We Can Help

KwickScreens are a versatile partition screens which can be used to create various simulation exercises. The high quality photography will make your activity even more realistic. Simulation is a valuable tool to teach and educate students, staff and patients in a safe, non-threatening environment. KwickScreen partition screens are flexible, as well as having interchangeable panels, so offer a variety of ways to use and change simulation exercises, perfect if you are attending a conference. The portable nature of the screens and small footprint, means that it is easy to store and move around between locations. 

So the next time you are thinking of creating a simulation environment, remember to use KwickScreens and give us a call today.

Hospital Fines Add Up To Hundreds of Thousand Pounds For Mixed Sex Accommodation Breaches

Mixed Sex Accommodation - costly problem for hospitals

Mixed sex accommodation breaches are causing problems across the NHS for many departments, with real financial penalties of thousands of pounds being incurred each month.

In November 2010 the Chief Nursing Officer and Deputy NHS Chief Executive imposed new rules on NHS in order to eliminate mixed sex accommodation in hospitals. From April 2011 the fine of £250 per patient per breach per day was introduced to ensure compliance.

All breach cases are being reported and published in monthly disclosures on NHS England website to help patients decide which hospital to choose.

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Costly Consequences of Mixed Sex Accommodation

The latest report from March 2017 indicates a total number of 776 breaches of mixed sex accommodation in NHS England. The highest number of breaches in one hospital came up to 195, which taking into account the £250 fine per breach, would indicate that the hospital was fined in a single month the whooping £48,750.

The majority of Trusts can ill afford to pay out for these real, chargeable bills. As a consequence hospitals are faced with a necessity for costly wards reconstructions, building new walls or even ward relocations. In some cases patients operations and admissions are being cancelled.

Cost Effective Solution - Privacy Screens

A new and cost effective solution to mixed sex accommodation is KwickScreen - a portable retractable hospital privacy screen that can be fixed permanently to the wall or be portable on wheels. It can be quickly positioned between beds where men and women are beside each other.

Original guidance on mixed sex accommodation separation requires a floor to ceiling, fixed partition. However, Care Quality Commission (CQC) inspectors have since been permitted to exercise judgement in numerous situations where this costly solution is either impractical (most hospitals don’t have budget or space) or planned but not yet built. As a result many inspectors pass privacy screens KwickScreen as a compliant solution.

Privacy screens KwickScreen at Tameside Hospital New Macmillan Unit - The Chemotherapy Treatment Room

Privacy screens KwickScreen at Tameside Hospital New Macmillan Unit - The Chemotherapy Treatment Room

Cost wise, unlike other solutions such as building walls and ward relocations, privacy screen KwickScreen should pay for itself within a month. Due to the size of the fines (£250 per patient per breach per day) it represents a clear cost saving to the many Trusts facing breach situations.

Developed on the NHS Design Bugs Out programme, hospital privacy screens KwickScreen are already used by over 90% NHS Trusts to combat challenges faced in Infection Control, Privacy and Dignity and Space Management cases. Privacy screen KwickScreen features the smallest storage footprint from all the privacy screens on the market, has passed all infection control clinical trials, is flexible and extremely practical.

Privacy screens KwickScreen have been successfully used to address mixed sex accommodation breaches at a number of Trusts including:

• Cambridge University Hospitals NHS FT

• The Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust

• Southampton University Hospitals NHS Trust

• Mid Staffordshire NHS Trust

• North West London Hospitals NHS Trust

• Epsom & St Helier Hospitals NHS Trust

• Russells Hall Hospital

Contact us today to find out how we can help you with space management.

Privacy Screens & Temporary Discharge Lounge

Portable privacy screens

Problem:

The patient who is well enough to go home is sitting in a bed which could be used by patients who are unwell and waiting for admission.

Solution:

To create a temporary discharge lounge using KwickScreen - a portable privacy screen. This can be created using one or more KwickScreens in a corner or section of the ward with seating, allowing the patients to wait comfortably for their transportation or their medicines.

Benefits:

There are many benefits to creating temporary discharge zones, especially when bed capacity is full, as this can free up vital bed space. It helps implement the SAFER bundle. By freeing up beds before 10am it allows for early discharge. Having a temporary discharge lounge can improve patient flow.

Hospital privacy screens KwickScreen in the hospital lounge.

Hospital privacy screens KwickScreen in the hospital lounge.

It can also help A&E departments achieve the 4-hour targets, which hospitals are currently finding hard to meet. By moving people who are being discharged from the bed space, the bed is made available for incoming patients, reducing the waiting time for sick patients.

It also makes the area nicer for patients and can improve the environment. KwickScreens offer a wide range of high quality designs that can be chosen by you to improve a space.

A further benefit is that by creating a temporary discharge zone with KwickScreens, it makes it cheaper than creating a permanent lounge, which may not be needed in the summer months.

Contact us today to get a quote on how we can help you improve your patient experience.

Medical privacy screens KwickScreen in the hospital lounge.

Medical privacy screens KwickScreen in the hospital lounge.

How To Deal With Noise At Hospital Ward

Hospital privacy screens KwickScreen at hospital ward in The National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, London.

Hospital privacy screens KwickScreen at hospital ward in The National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, London.

Imagine, you wake up in the middle of the night to find yourself in a strange bed that is not your own, sharing a room with a bunch of people you don’t recognise and a strange array of beeps and chatter are keeping you from falling back into your half successful sleep.

This is something that is an everyday occurrence on many hospital wards. In an already strange environment, getting to sleep can be really difficult. Sounds that you are likely to hear on a ward at night are:

- The sound of monitors

- Staff talking

- Other patients talking

- Bins opening and closing

- Medicine cupboards opening and shutting

- New patients arriving

Many of these issues can be easily resolved, but some things are difficult to prevent as they are the natural sounds of a ward. One way to solve these issues is by using a sound baffling hospital privacy screen KwickScreen which acts as a sound proof wall so the background sounds of the ward can be limited.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) recommends that average hospital ward noise levels should not exceed 35 decibels (dB). But the researchers found the average sound level at hospitals exceeding 45 dBA.

Hospital privacy screens KwickScreen at hospital ward in The National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, London.

Hospital privacy screens KwickScreen at hospital ward in The National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, London.

Disturbed sleep in hospital can mean patients have a lower pain threshold, lowered immune defences and can make people feel more emotional. Recent study has reveald that noisy and chaotic hospitals are even causing and accelerating dementia in elderly patients. 

Reducing noise at night means that patients who really need to sleep in order to recover can have a proper night’s sleep, making them healthier and so can make a quicker recovery.

Contact us today to get a quote on how we can help you improve your patient experience.

Why Hospital Privacy Screens KwickScreen Are Better Than Hospital Curtains When You Have Ceiling Lifts

Hospital Privacy Screens KwickScreen at The Neuromuscular Complex Care Centre at UCLH London

Not long ago, we fitted 12 KwickScreens in The Neuromuscular Complex Care Centre at UCLH London.

Unlike the widely used cubical curtain tracks, KwickScreens are self-supporting so don’t require any ceiling attachments. This allowed the tracked ceiling hoists to be re-positioned around the ward without disturbing other patients or interrupting their privacy.

6 hours and 2 fitters later, we installed 8 fixed to wall KwickScreens and 4 portable KwickScreens into one of their multi-bed environments. If more space is needed, portable KwickScreens can be positioned anywhere to allow greater flexibility. Whether you’re installing a X-Y traverse system or single U-shaped track in a multiple-bed care environment, KwickScreens can be installed quickly and cost effectively to improve the patient experience by removing any breaks in a curtain track which reduce privacy when used.

KwickScreen - portable room partitions for hospital

Laura Compton, the unit Manager at The Neuromuscular Complex Care Centre at UCLH London, wanted you to know that “With KwickScreens it’s so much easier to maneuver the hoist on its track from patient to patient and to maintain privacy and dignity.”

KwickScreens also allow for greater flexibility. Installing portable screens allows reposition to the right space at the right time. Comparatively, the fixed version is able to be installed with wall brackets at any point in the unit. Extended brackets are available to allow easy installation around existing trunking without the need for remodeling.

Contact us today to get a quote on how we can help you improve your patient experience

Winter Pressures

The weather is getting colder, the floor is getting icy and the NHS see more patients than at any other time of the year. Yes, its that time of the year… winter. As you may have seen in the news or have experienced yourself, at this time of the year the NHS experiences ‘winter pressures.’ The A&E departments get busy, increasing by 7% over the last several years, as more people experience falls with the icy weather. More people also come in with flu or other infections. Overall, there are a greater number of people, without enough capacity for them all. Usually, hospitals open extra wards, or increase bed numbers to accommodate for these large numbers. These emergency wards, need quick-to-hand resources.

KwickScreen provides hospital privacy screens that can be quickly manoeuvred around the ward whenever it is convenient. This is great at this time of the year where there is more pressure, as it can allow you to give privacy to your patients whilst still doing your job efficiently. Hospital privacy screens KwickScreen can also be printed with festive prints to brighten up wards, especially those which may not be used at other times of the year. This can brighten spirits and improve wellbeing for patients and staff, who may also be feeling the winter blues. KwickScreens can also be provided as a backdrop to choirs or brass bands, or even for Father Christmas himself! KwickScreens can make winter pressures more efficient, can help maintain privacy, meet infection control standards and make wards and spaces more festive over the Christmas period.

Contact us today to get a quote on how we can help you improve your patient experience.