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Wasted opportunities

Wasted opportunities  » 

Care homes could save up to 45% on waste management costs by adopting more-efficient strategies. Anenta Waste has predicted massive savings are possible across the sector if some of the current stumbling blocks are addressed.

More than bells and buzzers

More than bells and buzzers  » 

Hospitals may be notoriously slow in the uptake of innovative technology, but nurse call system manufacturers are reporting a significant increase in demand for telecare-style systems, driven by the increasing use of ‘wearable’ technology and common IP platforms.

Conflicting risks drive design

Conflicting risks drive design  » 

Whether in a care home or hospital, handwashing and bathing are key daily tasks that help to aid recovery, preserve dignity, and prevent the spread of infection.

Make some noise

Make some noise  » 

Noise levels in modern hospitals are extremely high - and they’re rising. According to a study by Busch-Vishniac et al, carried out in 2005, daytime levels are up, on average, by 0.38 dB, while night-time levels rise by 0.42 dB year on year.

Open all hours

Open all hours  » 

Hospitals are, on the whole, public buildings which are open, often round the clock, to a large volume of people, including staff, patients and visitors.

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NHS gets connected to track hospital beds

NHS gets connected to track hospital beds  » 

A Scottish hospital is using the Internet of Things (IoT) to monitor and track the whereabouts of medical beds as part of a new initiative to automate maintenance, a traditionally-manual process for facilities managers.

The time for change is now

The time for change is now  » 

The healthcare estate is to change dramatically over the next decade, driven by new clinical pathways and innovation in medical devices and technology.

Prescribing an energy cure for the NHS

Prescribing an energy cure for the NHS  » 

The NHS is under constant pressure to cut costs and improve efficiency. And, according to Tony Orton, head of healthcare business development at Centrica Business Solutions, updating energy systems could help the NHS to meet its cost-saving targets.

A new approach to care home design

A new approach to care home design  » 

If we start to put elderly people’s needs as individuals first and address their physical and cognitive challenges as secondary issues, we can design care homes as places to thrive in our advanced years, rather than accepting inevitable decline.

Lighting for better healthcare

Lighting for better healthcare  » 

Expansive hospital wards with row upon row of beds are becoming a thing of the past. In an attempt to limit risk of infection, and enhance the patient experience; single patient rooms are now dominating hospital design.

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