Healthcare – Dec 09
Architectural signage in a Healthcare facility can be challenging as the ease with which a staff member working in their own environment will find their way around will differ from that of a patient or visiting relative who may be anxious or a service supplier going about their business. The Wayfinding signage system needs to work for all.
The use of terminology is of particular relevance in healthcare. Medical names derived from Greek and Latin may not be familiar to the public. Long and or abbreviated names are difficult to read.
Terminology should be:
- Be as brief as possible
- Have the same meaning for everyone
- And be formulated in a positive manner
Use of symbols:
- Symbols are easily recognised
- They transcend language barriers
- Work well for children and the visually impaired
Use of colour Coding
- Colour schemes to identify floors
Essential today in all healthcare facilities, particularly hospitals, is a hand cleansing facility. It is a unique challenge to present cleaning materials and instructions in an attractive user-friendly way and so encourage visitor compliance. It is also important that all signage is maintenance free and can be cleaned with just a soft dry cloth.
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