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How Signs Can Be Useful in Your Healthcare Facility

by Sam Taylor (writer), , May 26, 2015

Here are a few things to remember about the use of signs.

Signs are a necessary and important aspect of any public facility, whether that’s a train station, out on the street or at an event. Did you ever stop to think I am lost? Large public sector buildings such as hospitals and other such facilities use signs to instruct, direct, inform and prevent danger.

Signs can often be overlooked when considering the interior design of a building, but, as mentioned, they are incredibly important. If you’re responsible for the overhaul of a healthcare facility’s interiors – or are just looking for a few tips to improve its current look – then read on.

What Type of Signs Can You Use?

There are many different purposes of signs. The primary two – in the case of healthcare facilities – are directional and informational. Visitors need to be able to get around and find what they’re looking for, and they also need to be informed of important issues (health and safety advice, for example).

So, how can they do this? The best way is by using standard regulatory and safety signs. You don’t need anything fancy as you’re not trying to impress anyone. Just make sure you have warnings and crucial information wherever it is needed – whether you’re targeting visitors, patients or medical professionals who work within the facility.

If you’re willing to invest a little more, however, you might want to take a look at digital signage. Great for reception areas where you want to display information to people who have just walked through the door. You can create an excellent first impression this way.

Finally, if you’d like to try something a little different, consider window graphics. Children in particular will welcome this creative option – as they can be used to create fun images as well as informative text.

Design Options

Now that you’re aware of what type of signs are available to you, it’s time to think about the design options. Colour is a big thing to consider – particularly in a hospital where it’s important to keep people positive. Numerous studies have been done to analyse the effects of colour on mood, with conclusions such as the following being reached:

    ·In a nursery or children’s ward – avoid the colour yellow, as it can make infants cry more.

    ·Blue is a relaxing colour that has been known to reduce heart rate and bring down blood pressure.

    ·Green is a restful colour – but don’t overuse it. Use different shades and hues.

Further Information

FASTSIGNS have a track record of making signs for hospitals, medical facilities and private businesses in the medical sector. To find out more, why not discover a sign for your busienss by searching for Fast Signs hospital signage or speak to one of the sign makers for examples of their work.

About the Writer

Sam Taylor is a writer for BrooWaha. For more information, visit the writer's website.
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