Patients create atmosphere with new features in Radiology
With the new X-ray/fluoroscopy unit that was installed in Driscoll's Radiology Room 5 this past spring came an ambient lighting system that enables patients to choose the color of the room. It also helps to ease their anxiety and enhance their overall experience in Radiology, as well as improve workflow in the department.
"Any time you give children control, they become calmer," said Ernest Chavez, director of Radiology Services. "They like it when you ask them if they want to change the color of the room. Parents like to change it sometimes too."
On a wall-mounted keypad, the lighting can be set to one color - usually the patient's favorite - or to alternating colors. The room is serene and mesmerizing as it's bathed in red, yellow, blue, green, orange and violet light.
The Radiology Department plans to incorporate ambient lighting in all X-ray rooms, Chavez said, and the computed tomography (CT) and nuclear medicine rooms will also be outfitted soon. In addition, ambient lighting will be installed in all three ultrasound rooms during future remodeling. The lighting system is funded by proceeds from the 2013 Fiesta de los Niños.