Modular Wall Systems Provide Dynamic Options in Health Care Facilities

Prefabricated solutions help to improve flexibility, infection prevention and patient privacy.

eGlass switches from clear to frosted at the touch of a button, through the use of a low-level electrical current that stimulates microscopic particles within the material. According to Anthony Branscum, the companys vice president of architectural sales, health care clients who install eGlass in patient care areas typically remove cubicle curtains from those areas. Now they don t have to take the curtains down and put up new curtains as they move the patients out, he says. They re able to wash the glass down as they ordinarily would, with their normal disinfectants, and they can move patients in and out of these rooms more quickly.

eGlass makes it easy to switch between patient visibility and privacy in areas like intensive care units, which place a high demand on each. The opaque and clear settings are useful for distinguishing occupied and unoccupied exam rooms in clinic or urgent care settings. The material also has been installed in pediatric settings to make the experience of care more comfortable for young patients. In back-of-house areas, meeting rooms or offices with eGlass can be set to private when needed or left clear for a more open aesthetic that encourages collaboration and allows for natural light flow. Most designs these days want to connect interior spaces with one another, says Branscum. Health Facilities Management