Lighting set to ‘cut aggression’ in psychiatric hospital

CUSTOMISED lighting has been installed in a Danish psychiatric hospital in a bid to cut aggressive behaviour and conflicts between patients and staff.

The sophisticated dynamic circadian lighting system is now operational at the Esbjerg Psychiatric Hospital, 200 kilometres west of Copenhagen.

The installation consists of 101 patient rooms with central wards that acts as a control room in which the light can be controlled. Each control room can adjust the colour temperature, colour and illuminance of the lighting in relation to each patient and their specific requirements. From here it is possible to switch between circadian light, emergency light and coloured lights.

The lighting has a major human-centric element to stimulate the staff and patients' circadian rhythm. 

The lighting has a major human-centric element to stimulate the staff and patients' circadian rhythm. Feedback says it is already assisting staff and patients to sleep better at night and boosting their well-being in the daytime. It also enhances security for both staff and patients.

The light is tuned to create a calming effect and help minimise the risk of aggressive behaviour and conflicts between patients and staff.

Other projects with full dynamic circadian lighting have shown that the staff finds it easier to fall asleep after evening or night shifts compared to working under standard white lighting conditions.

The fixtures in each room are secured in the ceiling so patients can not do harm to themselves or others during anxiety attacks.

The lighting equipment was supplied by Danish lighting manufacturer Lightcare, which is becoming a specialist in so-called human-centric lighting. The company is currently installing similar colour-tuning lighting systems at 26 wards in the New University Hospital in Skejby and it has already implemented it in five operating rooms and the intensive section at the Regional Hospital in Silkeborg, the intensive section of Odense University Hospital and University Hospital in Svendborg.



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Comments 1

This is an outstanding strategy. We all know that different colors and intensities of light can have an effect on our mood during waking hours, or how our sleep patterns may be affected. Using this approach in a psychiatric hospital has that much more meaning due to the difficulty mental patients are already experiencing.

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