The healthcare industry has been utilizing switchable privacy glass for a while now because of its many benefits. During these uncertain times, we wanted to share something hopeful that we’re seeing in the smart glass market right now. Over the last few weeks, there has been a noticeable uptick in Healthcare related projects. We wanted to pass this info along because it may be helpful to be aware of the smart glass and film needs of the healthcare industry.
So, why is the healthcare industry interested in smart glass?
Smart glass is an easy-to-clean hygienic surface that may reduce Healthcare Associated Infections (HAIs). Smart glass can provide privacy with the flip of a switch, or can be dimmed as needed to provide a unique controllable environment, making it extremely convenient for patients and healthcare workers. Also because smart glass is a laminated glass, it can be utilized as a safety glass for healthcare security applications. Smart glass is also being used for its aesthetically pleasing properties, allowing for dynamic, high-tech partitioning of specific areas. These design enhancements give privacy when needed, or allow for clear open areas when not needed.
The healthcare industry is moving away from blinds and curtains because they can collect dust and germs, are difficult to clean, and may contribute to HAIs in high traffic areas. In the article Hospital Curtains Pose Health Risks by Ronnie Garret, it says, “Some hospitals change cubicle curtains when they are visibly soiled... I’ve seen discussion boards where hospital officials admit to changing hospital curtains just once or twice a year.”
For these reasons, smart glass is quickly becoming the preferred choice for the healthcare industry.
AES Clean Technology recently completed a smart glass job for a major pharmaceutical company. Their client’s job specifications required smart privacy glass for a security application. In the video below the project manager talks a little bit about the application and gives a demonstration.
The slider below shows the before and after in a healthcare application