Inadequate design of A&E Departments can cause major overcrowding, increased length of stay and higher mortality. Implementing privacy screens in these spaces can help take the pressure off staff, hoping to keep privacy, dignity and hygiene standards.
The pressures placed on modern day hospitals, particularly on the NHS, are mounting every year. Growing populations means growing demands on healthcare, with demand outstripping supply in many hospitals globally. The number of patients having to endure mixed sex accommodation has trebled in the last two years new reports show.
No one goes to hospital because they want to. People go to hospital because they have to. The role our environment plays on mental health, and the quality of our healing process, has been long well known. However for many, thoughts of hospital or healthcare environments are not associated with calming restful healing places, but rather more the opposite.
Fall 2018 has been a busy time for KwickScreen, with trips to Austin TX for the Healthcare Facilities Symposium & Expo, Boston MA for the New England Society for Healthcare Materials Management, Phoenix AZ for Healthcare Design Expo & Conference and Dusseldorf, Germany for MEDICA. Starting lots of conversations and projects which are already underway.
Our HCD Expo Highlight
Everybody’s highlight from Healthcare Design Expo & Conference in Phoenix AZ earlier this month was Ingrid Fetell Lee's keynote speech on the Aesthetics of Joy. We've brought it back to the London HQ and have written a blog to spread the word about it!
Ingrid Fetell Lee is a designer and founder of The Aesthetics of Joy, her speech shared the extensive research of joy, and its applications within healthcare design. For our team, Ingrid’s speech was the most captivating and relevant towards our development as manufacturers of interior products. Ingrid describes starting the exploration of joy with asking strangers: What brings you joy? Collating answers like sunsets, sandcastles on beaches, candles on birthday cakes and rose gardens. Discovering that though the feeling of joy is ephemeral, we can access it through physical things.
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Launch of the Duo
The Duo is the newest addition to the KwickScreen family. It is the total privacy solution, combining the flexibility and lightness of the Air with the portability of the Pro. The screens individually pull out up to 10ft, enabling you to corner off spaces instantly. It creates an L-shape to fit around a bed or obstruction, or stretches to a full 20ft length.
We love sharing your stories, especially when we have helped solve some of your spaces problems. If you haven’t already, why not read Jennifer Calzada talking about the evolution of Tulane University’s simulation training courses.
Issac Garcia, the Environmental Services Director at Boston Children’s Hospital & Sodexo, uses KwickScreens to bring a top end restaurant experience to the hospital canteen.
If you are at the conference, you’ll also want to catch one of these 5 sessions focused on space planning:
Tulane Medical School is built on a rich history. Many important advances in medicine over the last century were born in Tulane, thanks to distinguished alumni and faculty members like Dr. Michael E. DeBakey, Dr. George E. Burch, Dr. Louis J. Ignarro, and more.
People do not go to a hospital because they want to—they go because they are referred for treatment. Many of them are afraid, unsure of what to expect, feel out of their comfort zone—experiencing a lack of control, and could be incredibly uncomfortable as a result of their condition. So it is vital to do whatever you can as a healthcare professional to help make their environment and the overall care package as safe, supportive, clear, and inviting as possible.
I was only eleven when I decided that a career in healthcare was for me. I really wanted to be part of the team that exists primarily to help people feel better, live better, and—where possible—to get better as well.
We aim to simulate real-life clinical situations that facilitate learning opportunities within a safe environment allowing for mistakes to be made, reflected upon and the knowledge gained to be applied to their work with real patients. Creating believable simulations is critical to the future success of these students and soon-to-be Healthcare professionals.
As an eternal optimist, I always like to say that if your child is at Boston Children's Hospital, it's definitely not a good thing—but it's also the best thing, given the circumstances. You're unlikely to find the same level of care, commitment, and quality anywhere else in the country.
Childhood isn't always easy—especially when kids get sick. Children want to play. They want magic and adventure in their lives. Kids love colour and they need it when they get ill. Unfortunately, hospitals are often drab. They are built to heal the body, not to inspire creativity and feed the imagination. But this is all changing.
I didn’t plan to be an entrepreneur. I started off as an engineer studying at Cambridge where I assumed I would graduate and work for someone else. But at some point, I realised that life wasn't for me. I wanted to do something more significant, something of my own. I was looking for the freedom to explore what I could do. I was better as a disruptor than I was at following someone else's lead.