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Top 10 projects of 2023

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Over the last year, we have seen hospitals and healthcare systems make transformative changes to patient safety and care. With improvements to privacy and infection control being a necessary part of that change, we were excited to work with hundreds of healthcare teams from around the world to learn about their privacy needs and develop solutions to address them.

Now, we want to take a moment to celebrate some of the best projects of 2023 from around the world.

This curated list reflects a rich diversity of hospital and clinical environments, where hygiene, functionality, and aesthetic appeal all play an important role. The success of these projects is the direct result of close collaboration with managers, working hands-on and in-person with end users, and thoughtful implementation that ensures a long-term solution.

View the slideshows below to explore the unique features and challenges of each project and delve into the transformative power of the Silentia screen system to modernize patient safety and set a new bar for patient-oriented care.

Aleris Hospital

Department: Post-Op
Country: Denmark
Product: Folding screen, 7-panel
Design: PhotoPanels – Calm Lake; Daylight
Installation: Wall-mounted
Solution: In this large open recovery room, privacy screens provide separation between beds and provide calming visuals.
View this product on EasyScreenDesign.

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Aspirus Health

Department: Outpatient Therapy
Country: US
Product: Folding screen, 8-panel
Design: Color – Ocean
Installation: Wall-mounted
Solution: Privacy screens are located near the entranceway to individual rooms to give patients privacy from hallway traffic.
View this product on EasyScreenDesign.

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Dignity Health

Department: Pediatric PT
Country: US
Product: Folding screen, 8-panel, with screen extension
Design: PhotoPanels – Calm Lake, Color – Birch
Installation: Wall-mounted
Solution: A pair of combination folding screens and screen extensions are installed on opposite walls which can be extended to create separation between areas of the clinic.

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Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania

Department: NICU
Country: US
Product: Folding screen, 11-panel
Design: StoryPanels – Planets, Color – Ocean, Lime
Installation: Mobile single trolley
Solution: Pediatric privacy screens complement the color and design aesthetic of the art located throughout the NICU.
View this product on EasyScreenDesign.

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Moda Skin Center

Department: Wellness
Country: US
Product: Semifix screen; Bed end screen, 5-panel
Design: Color – Ocean
Installation: Wall-mounted with spacers
Solution: The combination of semifix and bed end screens gives this wellness spa the flexibility to adjust to the right level of privacy and space for their clients.

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Nemours Children’s Health

Department: NICU
Country: US
Product: Folding screen
Design: PhotoPanels – Orchid
Installation: Medical rail
Solution: Wall-rail mounted screens provide an alternative to privacy curtains for separating the incubator and family area, which improves cleanliness and functionality.
View this product on EasyScreenDesign.

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Overbrook School for the Blind

Department: Changing area
Country: US
Product: Folding screen
Design: StoryPanels – Planets, Color – Ocean
Installation: Wall-mounted
Solution: Folding screens provide versatile privacy around two changing areas, blocking line-of-sight while allowing ample clearance for a lift.
View this product on EasyScreenDesign.

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Sanguine Biosciences

Department: Infusion
Country: US
Product: Folding screen
Design: Color – Ocean
Installation: Wall-mounted; Mobile single trolley
Solution: Wall-mounted and mobile folding screens help provide optimal privacy for seated patients receiving treatment and flexibility for the staff monitoring them.

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Stockholm South General Hospital

Department: NICU
Country: Sweden
Product: Folding screen
Design: PhotoPanels – Custom artwork
Installation: Wall-mounted; Mobile single trolley
Solution: Large folding screens provide the perfect canvas for vibrant, natural images, which creates a calming and healing NICU environment.
Watch an interview with the artist to learn more about this project.

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Thomas Jefferson University Hospital

Department: NICU Pumping Room
Country: US
Product: Folding screen
Design: PhotoPanels – Beach Sunset
Installation: Wall-mounted
Solution: Picturesque privacy panels help create a calm and clean environment for patients in this NICU pumping room.
View this product on EasyScreenDesign.

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Privacy solutions for physical therapy: Optimizing space with flexible privacy

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Physical therapy is a facet of healthcare focused on helping patients alleviate pain and enhance their ability to function, move, and live. Physical therapy departments and clinics typically require large open areas for treating patients, which can be challenging environments for maintaining privacy.

The Silentia screen system provides ideal solutions that can strike a perfect balance between creating space, providing privacy for patients, and giving staff the flexibility to adjust to the changing needs of their patients.

Understanding physical therapy care

There are many types of physical therapy, each with delivery and policies tailored to address particular areas or functions of the body, or patient groups.

Common types of physical therapy include:

    • Orthopedic PT for musculoskeletal issues
    • Neurological PT for neurological disorders
    • Sports PT for athletic injuries
    • Pediatric PT for children
    • Geriatric PT for the elderly
    • Cardiovascular and Pulmonary PT for heart and lung conditions
    • Women’s Health PT addressing women-specific concerns
    • Vestibular and Balance Therapy for equilibrium issues

Each type of physical therapy services may be delivered in a hospital or other setting, including outpatient clinics, sports medicine centers, private medical offices, nursing homes, assisted living homes, and rehabilitation centers, providing accessible care across different healthcare landscapes.

Overcoming the challenges of traditional privacy options

Regardless of the type or location, paramount to physical therapy care is providing comfortable and secure conditions for treatment and rehabilitation. Traditional privacy options, such as textile or disposable curtains or vinyl dividers harbor bacteria and are costly to wash or replace. Glass or plastic privacy options can pose unnecessary risks in the PT space, where patients or equipment could bump or break them.

The innovative design of the Silentia screen system contributes to a safe patient environment. The modular design allows screens to be expanded, contracted, moved, or combined to create optimal space for patients. Silentia screens feature hard, durable surfaces that can be wiped clean to reduce the spread of germs and withstand being handled frequently, bumped, knocked, or otherwise interacted with.

Physical therapy privacy screen projects

In this post, we’re showcasing some of the best examples of the Silentia screen system at work in the physical therapy environment. See how our clean approach to patient privacy is revolutionizing PT care and get inspired to explore solutions for your department or clinic!

 

 

 

An outpatient PT clinic in Central PA uses mobile folding screens between patient examination beds and equipment.

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The 9-panel mobile folding screens offer extensive coverage, while the “daylight” tops allow light into patient spaces.

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An outpatient clinic in San Francisco uses a long 11-panel wall-mounted folding screen for privacy around an evaluation area and for patients who require interpreter services.

In addition, the clinic uses four mobile folding screens with the matching Birch design for privacy elsewhere around the space.

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A physical therapy clinic in Florida uses a combination of mobile folding screens that open to provide privacy for patients using equipment or receiving treatment.

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Mobile folding screens offer privacy when needed but can be folded and rolled out of the way to create a more open feel throughout the space.

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In Wisconsin, an outpatient physical therapy clinic uses a series of wall-mounted folding screens between examination tables located on two walls within the clinic.

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The white, daylight-top panel design and minimal footprint contribute to the clean aesthetic of the space.

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A newly constructed occupational therapy department in New York City uses mobile-double folding screens for maximum privacy that can accommodate lifts.

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Eliminating textile curtains creates a more patient-oriented environment by improving safety and decreasing the risk of healthcare-associated infections.

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The presence of lifts necessitates a privacy solution that gives ample height clearance and does not need to be hung or attached to the ceiling.

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Connect and create!

The Silentia screen system is the only privacy solution that contributes to safe and comfortable patient care. Easy-to-clean, easy-to-use privacy screens empower healthcare teams to create spaces that are flexible to accommodate patients while also protecting their privacy.

Want to learn more about these projects or design your own privacy solution for physical therapy? Connect with us!

Privacy solutions for infusion therapy: Delivering dignity in patient care

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Infusion therapy is a critical pillar of modern healthcare for treating some of the most challenging medical conditions our communities face today. Privacy screens are an essential element in providing quality care and maintaining a patient-centered approach.

Infusion centers and in-hospital infusion departments provide a controlled environment for infusion therapy and offer the necessary expertise and resources to ensure the safety and well-being of patients undergoing treatment. Patient privacy is of utmost importance in these environments, and Silentia privacy screens are emerging as indispensable assets for elevating the standard of dignified patient care.

Infusion care is designed to prioritize comfort and safety, as patients receiving infusion therapy often experience chronic pain, discomfort, and feelings of vulnerability. Privacy screens offer nurses a valuable tool in creating adaptable, private spaces that address these challenges. They are versatile, lightweight, and easy to use, which allows caregivers to easily maneuver and adjust them to provide privacy for patients while maintaining oversight of monitors and equipment. They are also easy to clean, in place, and with common cleaning materials, which encourages a cleaner and more hygienic environment.

Silentia privacy screen solutions come in a variety of designs, allowing you to choose options that complement the overall aesthetic and workflow of the care area, contributing to a positive atmosphere for patients.

No two healthcare spaces are the same, yet the need for a patient-oriented privacy solution is always a critical part of quality care. Gain some inspiration from the examples below of in-hospital and outpatient infusion center projects from around the country.

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A 13-bay infusion area with wall-mounted folding screens to provide better hygiene and privacy for seated patients.

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Each screen features a PhotoPanels image on the patient-facing side to provide patients with a calming visual experience.

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Folding screens provide valuable separation between patients at a small infusion clinic in Northern California.

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The 8-panel wall-mounted screens feature duo-panels with alternating calming colors with daylight tops that allow light to fill the area.

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A pediatric infusion center in Florida offers young children a distraction from therapy with mobile StoryPanels folding screens.

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StoryPanels feature illustrations paired with close-up photography in the shape of planets, which helps stimulate creative thinking and compliments the aesthetic design of the room.

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Outpatient infusion centers

 

 

 

At a small infusion center in New York City, space is at a premium, so a set of mobile folding PhotoPanels screens are vital for making patients feel safe and comfortable in close quarters.

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The PhotoPanels folding screens feature our Calm Lake design to offer a peaceful reprieve during treatment.

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Mobile folding screens provide a clean, versatile privacy solution to separate patients from the intake area and one another in an infusion clinic.

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Daylight panels allow sunlight to illuminate an area while still providing complete privacy.

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Mobile folding screens give infusion care teams the flexibility to completely open up an area for better oversight of patients and easier workflows.

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A brand-new infusion treatment and testing center employs a combination of wall-mounted and mobile folding screens.

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With the ability to fold and roll screens away, staff can create a more open environment for better workflow in the absence of patients.

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Privacy screens offer patients privacy from other patients and staff in the hub at the center of the large open space.

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The Silentia screen system contributes to patient-centered infusion care with flexibility and ease of use. It is designed to support the privacy, versatility, and cleanliness requirements of infusion centers and hospital departments to provide dignity, respect, and safe care for infusion patients.

Are you interested in Silentia’s infusion care solutions? Connect with us to learn more!

Privacy solutions for emergency care: Flexibility in fast-paced care settings

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In the fast-paced environment of hospital emergency departments, ensuring the highest level of care for patients in critical conditions is an absolute priority. Silentia privacy screens are a cutting-edge solution designed to create spaces that prioritize privacy, cleanliness, and efficient care for patients and medical staff during emergency situations.

With their modular and adaptable design, Silentia privacy screens offer exceptional versatility to meet the unique demands of emergency care. The foldable and mobile design features allow staff to quickly establish private areas that effectively isolate patients from their surroundings or easily fold and roll them out of the way to make space in the event of an emergency.

The thoughtful design of Silentia privacy screens offers the rugged durability of solid screens while providing staff an unobstructed view of monitors or patients without compromising privacy. Furthermore, wipeable surfaces contribute to the critical need to reduce the spread of germs, keeping patients and the surfaces around them as clean as possible.

Discover the diverse applications of the Silentia screen system through actual project examples from emergency departments in healthcare facilities nationwide. These installations are tailored to address a wide range of challenges faced by our customers, including patient safety and dignity, environmental hygiene, infection control, staff safety, and operational efficiency. Get inspired and see how privacy screens can safeguard the well-being of your patients and their families in critical moments.

Open bay & multi-patient areas

Open bays and multi-patient rooms are challenging environments for giving patients privacy, but the mobile and collapsible design of Silentia privacy screens transforms any open area into individual private spaces, and back again.

 

 

 

Slideshow (Photo1/3): A revamped layout of a holding area using combined fixed and folding daylight top screens to replace curtains and accommodate better patient care and workflow. (Open)

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Slideshow (Photo 2/3): A revamped layout of a holding area using combined fixed and folding daylight top screens to replace curtains and accommodate better patient care and workflow. (Closed)

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Slideshow (Photo 3/3): Combined fixed and folding privacy screens replace curtains for better privacy and infection control in a multi-bed room.

Emergency department fixed and folding Silentia screens

 

 

 

Slideshow (Photo 1/3): Curtains replaced with 6-foot tall, 10-panel wall-mounted folding screens for optimum privacy and line-of-sight to monitors.

Emergency department Silentia screen curtain replacement

 

 

 

Slideshow (Photo 2/3): Wall and spacer-mounted PhotoPanels folding screens create a calming atmosphere for a multi-patient behavioral health area.

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Slideshow (Photo 3/3): Ready for duty! 10-panel mobile folding screens ready to be distributed throughout an emergency department.

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Triage, overflow & phlebotomy

Patients receiving care in the ancillary areas of the emergency department, such as triage and phlebotomy stations, may be feeling vulnerable and exposed. Privacy can help patients maintain dignity and feel protected, even in areas not originally intended for treatment or care.

 

 

 

Slideshow (Photo 1/3): Vibrant PhotoPanels screens offer infection control-friendly privacy in a pediatric triage/overflow treatment area converted from a waiting room.

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Slideshow (Photo 2/3): Two 5-panel daylight top folding screens allow the hallway of an ED to convert to a triage area.

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Slideshow (Photo 3/3): Two 5-panel daylight top folding screens allow the hallway of an ED to convert to a triage area.

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Slideshow (Photo 1/3): A wall-mounted white folding screen provides privacy by closing off the opening of a phlebotomy station.

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Slideshow (Photo 2/3): A mobile folding screen offers privacy to patients seated at a blood draw and triage station.

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Slideshow (Photo 3/3): An array of branded mobile folding screens provides temporary separation between patients at an emergency department check-in area.

Emergency department check-in area with temporary mobile folding screens

Interested in learning more about these Silentia projects or finding a privacy solution for your emergency department? Connect with us and a team member will reach out to you!

Privacy solutions for neonatal care: Protecting young patients and families

In the neonatal department, providing optimal care to vulnerable newborns is of utmost importance. Silentia privacy screens excel in creating spaces that prioritize privacy, cleanliness, and efficient care for infants, families, and medical staff.

The modular and flexible design of the Silentia privacy screen system is easily adaptable to fit any scenario in neonatal care. It gives medical staff the ability to create a private spaces, especially in an emergency, that separates a patient from the environment around them.

Privacy screens support streamlined workflows by allowing safer access to patients, providing sightlines to monitors without impeding privacy, and improving cleanliness in the area around patients. They also offer functional benefits to the physical space, such as a surface to knock on before entering and a surface to display calming or engaging imagery.

To showcase the variability of the Silentia privacy screen system and it’s diversity of solutions, we have gathered project examples from healthcare facilities across the country. These installations are actual solutions that were developed to address a range of our customers’ challenges, from environmental hygiene and infection control to safety and efficiency for staff.

Explore the examples below, get inspired, and consider the many ways privacy screens can provide protection for your young patients and their families in your department.

Individual rooms

Individual rooms offer a private setting for the treatment and care of NICU patients, however, they often still require a privacy solution around the patient, for the family, and at the entrance of the room.

 

 

 

 

Photo: Curtains replaced with mobile PhotoPanels folding screens.

 

 

 

 

 

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Photo: Curtain-free privacy with wall-mounted PhotoPanels folding screens featuring a custom print.

 

 

 

 

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Photo: New construction featuring curtain-free rooms with wall-mounted white folding screens.

 

 

 

 

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Photo: Wall-mounted white folding screens for curtain-free privacy throughout a women’s pavilion.

 

 

 

 

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Photo: Entryway privacy curtains replaced with 6’1”-foot-tall wall-mounted white folding screens. (Before)

 

 

 

 

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Photo: Entryway privacy curtains replaced with 6’1”-foot-tall wall-mounted white folding screens. (After)

 

 

 

 

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Open bay

Open bay treatment and recovery wards excel at delivering care efficiently for larger volumes of patients. In these settings, where patient comfort and safety can be challenging, privacy screens can improve privacy and reduce infection spread.

 

 

 

 

Photo: Flexible, curtain-free privacy between patients in a relocated NICU ward, created by wall-mounted daylight folding screens and mobile daylight bed-end screens. (1/2)

 

 

 


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Photo: Flexible, curtain-free privacy between patients in a relocated NICU ward, created by wall-mounted daylight folding screens and mobile daylight bed-end screens. (2/2)

 

 

 


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Photo: Wall-rail mounted folding screens, featuring a combination of PhotoPanels with Daylight tops, for better infection control and to accommodate limited space.

 

 

 


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Photo: Eliminating curtains throughout a large NICU department with wall-mounted daylight folding screens and PhotoPanels folding screens. (1/2)

 

 

 


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Photo: Eliminating curtains throughout a large NICU department with wall-mounted daylight folding screens and PhotoPanels folding screens. (2/2)

 

 

 


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Photo: Newly constructed curtain-free twin rooms separating patients with wall-mounted custom daylight and color folding screens.

 

 

 

 

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Lactation/Pumping room

Lactation and pumping rooms are important supplemental spaces for families whose babies are receiving treatment in a NICU. Privacy screens can be used to transform these areas into more private, serene spaces.

 

 

 

 

Photo: Wall-mounted folding screens provide privacy between seating areas while giving ample access to staff.

 

 

 

 

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Photo: Two floorpole-mounted PhotoPanels folding screens transform a small room to accommodate multiple people. (1/2)

 

 

 

 

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Photo: Two floorpole-mounted PhotoPanels folding screens transform a small room to accommodate multiple people. (2/2)

 

 

 

 

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Interested in learning more about these Silentia projects or finding a privacy solution for your neonatal department? Connect with us and a team member will reach out to you!

Clinic goes curtain-free to improve patient safety and experience

Clinic goes curtain-free to improve patient safety and experience

H. C. Andersen Clinic in Odense, Denmark, a small eight-bed hospital named after the famous author Hans Christian Andersen, has eliminated curtains as a privacy measure between patients.

The private hospital, which offers cosmetic plastic surgery, nose surgery, and eye surgery, uses Silentia folding privacy screens to ensure proper separation and hygienic protection between patients. Recently, they purchased additional screens to be utilized at the bedside.

“We use Silentia’s folding screens to screen between the patients. In one bedroom the beds are not in a row, so here we have chosen a large, double mobile screen that ensures good shielding for the patients,” says Alan Kimper-Karl, Director and Partner.

Folding screens are more practical and hygienic

“We previously had curtains as a screen, but they were quickly replaced in favor of folding screens. They are both practical and much more hygienic, which is something our nurses value very highly,” says Kimper-Karl.

As a supplement to the new screens, the hospital has included mobile bed end screens for additional privacy. They are easy to relocate when additional screening is needed in the other bedrooms or elsewhere.

“We learned about Silentia privacy screens from other clinics in the area. We have only had good experiences with them. They are both aesthetic and very functional. Furthermore, they serve as a long-term solution.”

Why replace curtains with privacy screens?

Curtain costs have a large impact your operating budget every year. Silentia folding privacy screens, on the other hand, are an investment that lasts at least 10 years and minimizes the amount of resources required to be cleaned over that time. Unlike curtains, our privacy screens can be cleaned instantly in place every day and after every patient.

Click here to receive more information about how our screens promote cleanliness, improve safety for patients and staff, and increase efficiency.