Healthcare settings strive to be sterile environments that promote patient recuperation and limit the spread of infection. During these challenging times when hospitals have been stretched to full capacity there has never been a better time for healthcare settings to use integral blinds. This article shall explore the numerous benefits that integral blinds bring to healthcare settings.

Keeps an even temperature within wards

Medical wards are required to maintain an even temperature to assist patients in recuperation and integral blinds can help to ensure this. The positioningof integral blinds can support the maintenance of the overall temperature of a ward by either maximising or reducing the amount of light that comes into the room. This can be achieved through positioning the blinds downwards for less light intensity from indirect sunlight or pointing upwards for increased light. Automated integral blinds are fitted with sensors allowing them to open and close at specific points in the day which would help to assist in maintaining an even temperature throughout hospital wards.

Assists in limiting the spread of infection

Integral blinds are sealed within glass which ensures that they are protected from dirt and dust particles and do not require cleaning. The minimal maintenance makes integral blinds appealing to institutions such as hospitals due to their hygienic properties and being allergy friendly. During the covid pandemic this is particularly beneficial as it reduces the spread of infection and allows cleaners to focus on other areas of the hospital that require industrial cleaning.

Safe for Use within mental health wards

Integral blinds are also a suitable option within mental health wards as they will not pose a risk to patients who may look for an opportunity to self-harm as the blinds are built within double glazed glass. Cordless operation is available using remote-controlled blinds providing a safer alternative to a cord. A solar controlled option is also available with integral blinds which is possible through a solar controlled battery operated via remote control. This can provide peace of mind for healthcare professionals as they are assured that blinds will not become a potential hazard for their patients during their course of recovery.

Reduces the Carbon Footprint of Hospitals

A further benefit of opting for integral blinds is the ability that they bring in potentially reducing heating costs and lowering energy consumption. This is possible as sunlight can be maximised into a room throughout the winter months by the blinds being placed fully opened to evenly distribute light. Alternatively, during the summer months integral blinds can operate at full or half shut to limit sunlight coming into a room, thus, creating a cooler environment. Therefore, integral blinds can help to reduce the carbon footprint of hospitals and assist in saving money that would otherwise be spent on central heating and air conditioning.

Maintains patient privacy

The sleek design of integral blinds can also be positioned for optimum privacy. This is particularly beneficial to hospitals where patients may require the privacy to sleep during the day. Blinds have the option of being operated via remote control from a distance which also saves staff having to manually open and shut patients’ blinds throughout the day.

Sources Consulted

https://www.selectaglaze.co.uk/about-secondary-glazing/sectors/healthcare-controlled-environments

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