As the need for healthcare continues to grow, more and more hospitals are being built, remodeled or added-on to in order to meet demand. Consequently, these circumstances create a buzz in hospital design and all the different products that go into it. And no exception to this buzz is hospital clocks. Hospital clocks are an important aspect of healthcare design and definitely take more consideration then some may think. Below are some examples why you should consider them the next time you find yourself designing new hospital buildings or remodeling older facilities. That way, you can be on your way to making the right decisions for designing your healthcare project in no time!
Choosing an appropriate hospital clock has as much to do with how the clock works and needs to be installed within a building as it has to do with the look of it. Synchronized hospital clocks, for example, can vary in connection. Depending on building infrastructure, materials, and budgeting, the technology of hospital clocks may vary for different facilities.
IN PATIENT ROOMS
Deciding on a suitable type of hospital clock for a patient room involves a few considerations. Patients benefit from a clock in their rooms so that they do not lose their sense of time during recovery. Having a clock reminds them when to expect visits for medications, check-ups, meals and things like rehabilitation or physical therapy. Doctors and nurses equally benefit from hospital clocks in order to keep accurate records and make the appropriate time-sensitive decisions they may need to make. Typically an analog hospital clock may be preferred over a digital clock so that the display does not bother patients while resting at night and/or with the lights out.
IN OPERATING ROOMS
Operating rooms pose a whole new set of planning during the design process. Hospital clocks are just as import for these rooms too. Surgery durations, administering anesthesia, and other surgical procedures often need to be timed precisely and recorded properly. Generally, installing digital clocks with timing capabilities is most useful in these areas. A digital hospital clock can make reading the time quick and easy in moments when it matters the most and allows timing to be done correctly when it’s of the utmost importance to a patient’s safety and wellbeing.
THROUGHOUT WAITING AREAS
Visitors benefit just as well from good healthcare design. For this reason, waiting areas also require concern for hospital clock installation. Patient visitors often spend hours in waiting rooms and other common areas in order to remain close-by when their loved ones need them the most. When their patience is being tested waiting for the outcomes of various operations and processes, visitors need to know that time is, in fact, passing. Installing hospital clocks gives visitors a reference point when they are mentally strained and need it the most. These open areas often are best with digital clocks as well because they offer an easy and clear answer for “What time is it, now?”, to their viewers. Not to mention a digital hospital clock’s ability to alternate between date and time, reminding its viewers of the day as well as the time.
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