Do Hospital TVs Really Matter to Patients?

Here’s the short answer: yes. Having quality hospital grade TVs also matters to healthcare organizations—and here’s how they benefit patients and hospitals alike.

Hospital TVs: Patient Perspective

When people are in the hospital, their emotions can range from boredom to worry, anxiety, and fear. When there isn’t something to distract them, these feelings can snowball and worsen. Plus, loneliness can be a problem. Over the past couple of years, visitation policies have gone through cycles of tightening, then loosening—and tightening again—which often means there’s even less to keep a patient occupied.

This, in turn, can lead to increased stress that, by itself, can trigger headaches, insomnia, high blood pressure, heartburn, depression, weakened immunity systems, and more—right when the focus should be on managing and improving a person’s health.

Hospital patient TV systems can provide the entertainment that patients crave. Screen content can be customized to welcome patients in branded specific ways that reflect well on your facilities.

Patients can enjoy their favorite programs, watch movies, cheer on sports teams, keep engaged while watching documentaries, listen to music, play interactive games, and much more. This environment can help their hospital rooms to feel more like home and, when the hospital TVs are user-friendly, this can empower them to create a satisfactory entertainment experience.

Engaged patients are happier patients, which can lower the feelings of stress that can exacerbate their health issues. Plus, with today’s modern technology, patients can review educational material about their health conditions and treatments; see the day’s dining menus; listen to relaxing sounds; and more.

Hospital TVs: Hospital Staff Perspective

Hospital patient TV systems can free up staff, greatly reducing (or even eliminating) requests for help in operating the television sets. Medical teams can use hospital TVs to educate patients, providing them with the data they need to make informed decisions about their own health. This frees up physicians and specialists to spend more of their time providing quality health care.

Plus, nowadays, many patients look at their hospital stays from the eye of a consumer. This means that healthcare facilities need to focus even more on providing a quality patient experience that will satisfy patients. When patients feel good about how they’re treated in your hospital facility, they’re more likely to talk about it in positive ways and recommend the facility to other people. They’ll provide higher ratings on HCAHPS and Press Ganey patient satisfaction surveys—and when your organization receives higher scores, this can have a positive effect on reimbursement and funding amounts received.

Hospital Patient TV Systems: PDi

When healthcare facilities invest in hospital grade TVs, they’re choosing ones specifically designed to protect patients and their safety while reducing risk for the healthcare organization.

PDi hospital TVs are Underwriters Laboratories (UL) listed, non-toxic and flame resistant with five times less shock potential than consumer grade televisions. PDi TVs are designed with a maximum operating temperature of 77°F/25°C (compared to 140°F/60°C with consumer televisions) and should self-extinguish in case a fire does occur. PDi TVs are built with antimicrobial cabinets that are created for safe sanitization, protecting them from blood, bodily fluids, and other spilled liquids. They’re crafted for use in oxygen-rich environments.

Hospital staff will appreciate how hospital grade TVs from PDi lower the amount of noise on the floor because of volume limiters, wireless audio, headphone jacks, and pillow speaker sound. Your facilities can provide patients with cable TV, satellite TV, in-house channels, and DVDs for enhanced entertainment. Convenient multi-bed remotes come with A/B/C/D settings to help prevent channel changing by other patients.

PDi TVs are built to handle three times the amount of daily usage as consumer sets, lasting seven years at a cost as low as 17 cents daily. While a consumer set is built for six hours of daily use, these hospital grade TVs are designed for eighteen hours of usage each day. To save your facilities time (and, therefore, money), PDi sets have easy setups with TV cloning with PDi RF-HEMiS or USB, reducing labor. Warranty options include a standard three-year one or an extended five-year one.

PDi television sets are available in these sizes: 24″, 32″, 43″, and 55″. Patients benefit from more HD channels through Pro:Idiom®, operated by easy numeric or navigational pillow speaker controls.

Hospital Patient TV Systems: LG

Television sets are required to be UL listed, and LG’s hospital TVs meets those stringent regulatory requirements. Plus, LG’s digital decryption makes it easy to provide premium HDTV content. Because no cable/satellite box is needed, you can lower costs and reduce maintenance.

Pro:Centric infrastructure allows you to include welcome screens, internet feeds, games, interactive EPGs, and more, connecting patients to sources of entertainment and education. Cloning is simple with a USB device.

LG hospital grade TVs are available in these sizes: 24″, 28″, 32″, 43″, 50″, 55″, and 65″ with a two-year limited warranty. Smart hospital grade TVs are in these sizes: 32″, 43″, 49″, 55″.

Hospital Patient TV Systems Available at MDM

Here at MDM Commercial, we offer a wide range of different types of hospital televisions, including swing-arm, compact, and personal TVs with systems that easily integrate with current technology.

We’re also always expanding our product lines. So, if you have specific needs, contact us online or call 800-359-6741 to discuss our newest products. Our experts can help you from start to finish: from analyzing needs to choosing a system, and with installation, implementation, and ongoing support. Our experienced team knows that hospitals operate 24/7, and we remain available around the clock to answer your questions and help you with any issues that arise.