Hospital buildings are open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and because they are public facilities, they require open access for the vast numbers of transient visitors coming and going.
However, this quest for widespread accessibility must be balanced with the need for security in order to ensure patient and staff safety. Hospitals, clinics and surgeries contain millions of pounds’ worth of medical equipment and medication. From cleaning cupboards to medical rooms, access must be controllable at a granular level.
Because hospitals grow organically over time, managing this living and breathing entity can be an almost impossible task for healthcare facilities and estate managers. The challenge is akin to managing the keys for each and every house in a small city.
So how do you manage access control in such a complex environment?
Smart lock technology is playing an increasingly crucial role in the world of hospital access control. Avent Security offers Fingerprint door locks, Digital door locks and smart card door locks that help with a wide range of healthcare access needs – from entry to entire wards, to restricted access to staff lockers and medical cabinets. Site managers can choose between keyless access or provide smartcards. This reduces administrative costs and streamlines processes. Access codes can be changed on a regular basis to help prevent misuse. Smart locks do not have to be hardwired into existing systems, meaning that they can easily be retrofitted.