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State of the art ward at Cork University Hospital uses switchable Smart Glass

Privacy, patient safety, and hygiene are the top priorities in the healthcare industry, which is why Cork University Hospital chose switchable privacy smart glass partitions for its brand-new maternity care unit.

To fulfil this project, Smartglass teamed up with trusted partner Si Comm, a leading partitioning specialist with over 10 years of experience providing tailor-made partitioning to its clients. Their professionalism and success providing high-quality design and space planning helped to make this project run smoothly for all involved.

Together, we worked to provide a number of partitions, both fixed and door panels, to help maintain patient privacy and comfort in this new maternity unit. Privacy smart glass uses safe, low-level electrical currents to change the panes of glass from opaque to transparent, allowing for a healthy natural light while still ensuring patient confidentiality.

detailed sketch of partition privacy smart glass in hospital setting

The photo below, provided by Si Comm, shows the large glass panels in their transparent state, allowing staff to monitor patients from outside the room. This cuts down on traffic in and out of the room, keeping the room more sanitary and allowing patients to get more rest.

privacy smart glass

The next photo shows the partition in its opaque state, providing staff and patients complete privacy without the need for curtains, blinds, or moving partitions.

privacy smart glass switched off

Switchable privacy smart glass is ideal for medical settings, as it is easy to use, easy to clean, and can change from opaque to transparent in less than 0.1 seconds, saving precious time in emergency settings. By eliminating the need for curtains or blinds, the area automatically becomes more hygienic, which is essential for any hospital setting. These smart glass panels, as compared to curtains or moveable partitions, also offer patients a quieter and more relaxing atmosphere, allowing for natural light to enter the room and reducing external noise.

Together with Si Comm, Smartglass International was able to provide CUH with these innovative partitions, all within the customer’s budget, timeframe and specifications. The project was a success for all involved parties, and patients and staff alike are sure to benefit from this modern healthcare solution.

Suitable for use in all healthcare settings, switchable privacy smart glass offers efficient use of space for patients and staff alike. For optimum flexibility when working to fulfil clients’ design aspirations, Smartglass International offers a hands-on service and professional advice to overcome any architectural challenges along the way. Supported by competitive pricing, a superior product, and quick turn-around, this responsive approach ensures Smartglass is an internationally renowned leader in switchable glass solutions.

To find out more about this project, or to enquire about how smart glass technology could enhance your latest development, contact Smartglass International for expert advice and a quote.

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