In healthcare, the wide variety of applications that require privacy and shading means that there is a high demand for blinds. In areas such as cubicles and hospital bed areas, a curtain on a track is the most obvious solution, but in the majority of healthcare building features such as external windows and vision panels, blinds are preferable for a whole host of reasons as this article shall explore.
Blinds have far more hygienic properties compared to curtains which makes them perfect for use within a healthcare setting that strives to maintain a sterile environment. Integral blinds in particular do not gather any dust or dirt due to the integral blind slats, header and footer rails being permanently fitted within the glass unit. As the blind is not exposed to the outside air this means that they will not transmit germs or viruses which is essential within a hospital environment. Contrarily, a curtain can pass on viruses as people have to touch it to move it. Therefore, as the blinds are not exposed to air in the room they do not require extensive cleaning. The only maintenance that they may require is a wipe-over of the control device which is typically a plastic knob.
Blinds have a longer life span than curtains as they do not get damaged as easily. Integral blinds that are specifically manufactured using ScreenLine systems from Pellini have a built-in quality that is tested to last many years. This means that the healthcare buildings will not have to worry about constantly checking to see if the blinds need to be replaced in the way that curtains would.
Blinds provide a more modern up-to-date alternative to conventional curtains as not only do they operate seamlessly but they also boast a more desirable aesthetic. Blinds can integrate discreetly into a sterile environment or fit easily into any interior setting. Morley Glass and Glazing blinds also come in a wide range of different colours which suits every preference.
While the initial cost of installing blinds into a healthcare setting may be more expensive than conventional curtains, they are a long-term investment and boast a long life span. As integral blinds are encapsulated within the glass they are protected from being touched, cleaned or damaged by users which therefore means they do not need to be replaced in the way that curtains would. This also will save a healthcare environment on cleaning costs as cleaners can divert their attention into other areas of the building that require cleaning.
Different Control Systems
Blinds are easy to operate and can come with a wide range of different control systems which sets them apart from curtains. For example, integral blinds come with a knob that is anti-ligature which helps to make the operation of the blind smooth. The easy operation of the integral blinds makes them suitable for staff and patients within healthcare settings to operate.
Integral blinds are a safer alternative to curtains particularly within a mental health hospital as they will not pose a risk to patients who may look for an opportunity to self-harm as the blinds are built within the double-glazed glass. Curtains, on the other hand, can sometimes be attached via a chord so blinds are much safer, particularly for vulnerable people and children. Cordless operation is available using remote-controlled blinds providing a safer alternative to a cord.
A solar controlled option is also available with integral blinds which is possible through a solar controlled battery operated via remote control. This can provide peace of mind for healthcare professionals as they are assured that blinds will not become a potential hazard for their patients during their course of recovery.