Medical privacy screens can be used throughout the hospital or healthcare facility to help protect patient privacy and dignity. Kwickscreens can be especially effective in pediatric units. The utility of the Kwickscreen in these units is not limited to simply surrounding a stressed and frightened child with pleasing and soothing imagery. They can also play a strong role in involving a child in their own healthcare experience.
Patient empowerment is the process through which healthcare professionals can give their client a sense of control over their situation. This is especially important for chronically or acutely ill children, who already lack a significant degree of control over their day to day lives. Hospitalization, especially over the long term, can worsen these feelings of powerlessness and may result in long or short term emotional problems due to the experience.
While children can at times understand and consent to their own medical procedures, the vast majority of the time these decisions will be made for them by their healthcare team and primary caregivers. It thus falls to nursing or other professionals involved in the child’s care to find some other means of involving them in their care decisions and day to day environment.
The Kwickscreen can not only provide children in a pediatrics unit with an anti-microbial and effective hospital privacy screen, it can also provide at least some control over their hospitalization experience. Medical privacy screens do not have to come pre-printed with artwork. Instead, a healthcare professional can bring a blank Kwickscreen into a pediatric ward along with a plethora of arts and crafts supplies. Children can then write or draw whatever comes to their minds on the screen, decorating it to their heart’s content.
This exercise can be highly therapeutic on an emotional level for a child. Children have a tendency to express their emotions through creative pursuits and play. In a hospital, this can at times be difficult. Allowing a child to decorate their own medical privacy screens however can give them a small amount of control over their environment and can allow them to have some degree of fun while they do it.
Children and their families can be pushed to the breaking point over the course of a child’s hospitalization, be it over the short or the long term. Staff can use the Kwickscreen to help give some agency to their minor patients while creating positive emotions and memories.
Office space management can be a boon for any office planner or human resources department. Especially within the context of an open floor plan, employee privacy during the work day can also become an issue. In an open floor plan office, sensitive client data and information may be freely viewed by anyone walking by.
One solution to this issue of office space management is the classical “cube farm”. These temporary structures have allowed offices to save money on their privacy measures and maximize their space usage. However, cube farms have long been known to destroy employee morale. They also reduce productivity, and overall employee satisfaction with their work.
Kwickscreens have been used by some of the largest organizations in the world for their office space management needs. The use of Kwickscreens towards this end can enable an office space manager to create a dynamic and fluid environment. The screens can be moved and deployed in minutes to create new work stations at any time. The pleasing imagery on the screens can also serve to lower employee stress levels and increase overall morale. There is some evidence that artwork can also increase overall employee productivity. In essence, artwork can give an employee something positive to focus on during one of the inevitable times throughout the day when workplace stresses mount and productivity begins to slack. A Kwickscreen has the distinct advantage of combining workplace art with an effective office space management solution.
The idea has already caught on in some circles. The New York based Business Furniture Inc, or BFI, has featured the Kwickscreen as an effective space management solution. While the Kwickscreen itself was designed with hospital and patient privacy in mind, it’s versatility and general usage applications are quickly making it a valuable asset across a multitude of industries.
Hospital privacy curtains have been the mainstay patient privacy device in hospitals for over a century. However, their original design did not account for advances in technology, especially as they relate to patients with mobility issues or who happen to be bed bound.
A patient who has issues with safe or effective ambulation may be assisted out of bed by a trained healthcare professional. Traditionally, this was done by simply lifting the patient out of bed manually. However, we have learned in recent years that lifting patients, especially larger ones, out of bed can very easily lead to injury in healthcare and nursing staff. Repetitive stress injuries remain one of the leading workplace injuries among this working population. As such, mechanical lifts have been developed in order to reduce the likelihood of repetitive stress injuries while still maintaining patient mobility and basic dignity. Mechanical lifts also improve patient safety due to the reduced risk of fall induced injuries.
A mechanical lift most commonly involves the use of a harness connected to an automated pulley system. The harness then safely lifts the patient out of bed and assists in their transfer to an automated mobility device or a wheelchair. A mechanical lift has the distinct advantage of being nearly failure proof when it comes to the risk of a fall associated injury. They also reduce or nearly eliminate the muscle strain that a nurse or other healthcare provider may experience when getting their mobility challenged client up from bed.
Hospital privacy curtains can interfere with the optimal functionality of ceiling based mechanical lifts however. The curtains themselves have a significant chance of acting as a fomite, which can serve to endanger the health of an immunocompromised patient. Due to the restrictions on bed space in units where overflow is a problem, it is almost invariable that a patient using a mechanical lift will be forced to touch the curtains while in the midst of being transferred to a mobility device. Hospital privacy curtains can also limit the mobility of the healthcare provider operating the lift, increasing the likelihood that an accident could potentially occur leading to patient harm or an otherwise negative outcome.
Patients who require the use of a mechanical lift still value and are entitled to their privacy. This is where a hospital privacy screen makes the ideal solution. A Kwickscreen can be deployed in minutes at such a height that it fully protects the dignity of a mobility impaired patient while still enabling the healthcare professional to maneuver around the bed and other equipment. Kwickscreens can be moved with ease to allow more space within which to work while still protecting client dignity. They are also much easier for staff to clean, reducing their possibility of acting as fomites. They truly are the ideal solution to patient privacy in instances where dignity may be impaired.