Archive | July, 2012

24 Hours in A&E

11 Jul

With 91 cameras filming round the clock, 24 Hours in A&E offers unprecedented access to one of Britain’s busiest A&E departments, at King’s College Hospital.

As an avid viewer in awe of the work the doctors and nurses undertake round the clock, I couldn’t help but notice the impact one patient’s plight has on another’s. The reality of the ‘privacy’ in A&E departments really hit home when watching the two previous episodes – whilst we may choose to watch the programme on tender-hooks from the comfort of our sofas, we know the person is going to be ok. But, for those patients sharing the same confined space as someone being resuscitated, only to be separated by a piece of material, the experience is really quite disturbing and upsetting.

In a couple of shots, curtains between the patients were being drawn only part way through emergency procedures, and as a young group of girls were clearly struggling to come to terms with what was happening next to them, I couldn’t help but think about how invaluable privacy glass would be. This would not only protect the dignity of the person being cared for, but prevent any further distress to a fellow patient.

Of course, hospitals work to incredibly tight budgets – now even more so than ever before. But the benefits of privacy glass are plentiful, as more and more hospitals embrace the technology.

The glass, which can instantly turn from transparent to opaque simply be flicking a switch, not only enables instant privacy, but is also incredibly easy to clean. In fact, in an article written by ESG’s managing director, Scott Sinden, in June’s Health Estates Journal (HEJ), he takes an in-depth look at the use of privacy glass within the healthcare sector, including the ability to add anti-microbial chemical bonds to glass to help tackle the spread of Hospital Acquired Infections (HAIs).

To view the article click here.

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