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Intelligent privacy solutions can reduce ER waiting

WAITING times in hospital emergency rooms across Canada remain a hot topic of debate. While recent figures have lauded a reduction in ‘average’ waiting times for 2017-18, the ‘median’ figures (regarded as a more accurate reflection of what patients actually experience) show further increases in the amount of time spent waiting in Canada’s ERs. Factors influencing waiting times are complex, but as with any such dilemma, you’re either part of the solution, or part of the problem.

Here at Belroc, we aim to help by providing hospitals with products that make it easier to deliver effective and dignified care while maximizing patient throughput. Emergency rooms are busy, high-tech environments that can make the difference between life and death. They must perform seamlessly even under extreme pressure, and adapt at a moment’s notice – all while achieving stringent targets on privacy and hygiene.To achieve this adaptability, ERs rely on flexible privacy and screening solutions.

Curtains and screens perform various important functions in the ER. They prevent cross contamination and offer privacy for patients at their most vulnerable. But the demands of the ER mean that curtains are also likely to become contaminated and require frequent laundering. In trauma departments, they may even need to be changed after every patient. This essential housekeeping inevitably slows down patient throughput.

Innovative products such as Belroc’s Barrier and InstaSwap ranges offer a time-saving solution. For clinical areas with high traffic, Barrier curtains offer a disposable, quick-change option. The clever suspended track and stem insert system allows the user to switch out a soiled curtain up to four times faster than a conventional curtain track Choose from Barrier EZ for the busiest areas, or Barrier + with anti-microbial coating, designed for less busy areas where a longer lifespan is expected. Lightweight and compact, Barrier curtains are 100% recyclable and can even be disposed of as hospital waste.