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Using Sharp BIG PAD Displays in Mission Critical Environments

Video South is a specialist audio visual technology provider based in the South-West of England and has been operating since 1973. The company works with hospitals and Universities throughout the UK and Ireland where audio-visual equipment is of huge benefit.

Video South works with customers to develop entire facilities, providing not only audio-visual equipment, but offering expert design, project management and furniture design and build so that the performance of the audio-visual system and the environment it’s in work harmoniously.

The company has been installing Sharp screens for over eight years and first decided to work with Sharp after struggling to find large format displays that were suitable for medical installations. In this environment displays have to feature mission critical information around the clock and images need to be high quality without any imperfections, as the practitioners are making life changing decisions based on what they see on these displays.

Video South chose Sharp screens for a number of reasons, not least because they are designed to run all day, every day without any down time, making them ideal for 24/7 situations where reliability is critical. With the addition of anti-glare and high quality colours with UV 2A technology, Sharp screens are the perfect choice for large screen installations in blue light operations.

Alistair Holdoway, Managing Director at Video South commented: “Originally large screens were plasma, which isn’t suitable for hospitals as plasma screens don’t have the grayscale required for applications like radiology. So despite people asking us to install plasma screens we never sold a plasma to a hospital. When the LCD screens started to come along, they were the right format but too small for the vast majority of installations.

“We were searching for a quality brand to work with in this area, a company focused on display technology, which is why we started working with Sharp. Compared with other brands, Sharp’s big LCD displays perform far better for applications like radiology so these displays quickly became our first choice for clinical work.”

Installation expertise

Hospitals need to have robust equipment in place and teams need to know the installed device will be reliable without any down time. Additionally, such departments don’t always have internal IT teams who can provide support and guidance on which technology to install that meets their requirements. As a result, many hospitals turn to Video South to provide advice on the appropriate technology for each of the specific situations they have.

Alistair Holdoway, said: “We use Sharp for specific instances in our medical installations, typically where we need large, reliable, and very high quality screens.”

MDT Rooms

A key installation by Video South in many Hospitals is MDT (Multi-Disciplinary Team) rooms. For complex patient cases doctors from different disciplines will come together, either physically or via video conferencing, to collaborate in an MDT room and discuss the best route of treatment.

These rooms often feature multiple large high quality screens so that doctors can compare information side by side, radiology scans and pathology results for example, which means that a swifter decision can be made about critical patient care.

Acute Environments

A growing area of adoption for screens is in Accident and Emergency and Intensive Care Units, where 24-hour care means a smooth handover between shifts is essential. Historically, this has been carried out on whiteboards and flip charts, but increasingly interactive displays are being used. Helping to minimise errors and deliver improved patient care are among the key benefits of switching to interactive displays.

What's more, as monitoring machines typically have visual outputs this data can also be pulled up onto the screen for observation and analysis, removing the need for ward staff to individually check each machine in the ward.

Simulation Rooms

Video South is also increasingly incorporating large display screens into hospital simulation rooms, where junior staff are tested on how they work in a model environment. These rooms, along with featuring an array of medical equipment and dummy patients, are rigged with cameras and microphones so that teaching staff can observe how junior staff perform without interference. Large screens are typically required in the observation room, in order to ensure small details can be seen clearly.

If you would like to know more about Sharp BIG PAD interactive displays, please get in touch and we can arrange a demonstration for your office, hospital or classroom.


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