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What is a Hospital Headwall System?

[fa icon="calendar"] Jul 27, 2017 / by Geoff McElrath


A hospital is a fast-paced, ever-evolving environment that requires efficiency and structure, but also flexibility. I have many friends in the healthcare field who make regular comments about the challenges with which they are confronted to find ways to be better, faster, more cost effective, and more efficient. To accomplish these goals, modular and innovative furniture systems have become instrumental to success. With this in mind, one such item that has become a staple in hospital settings is the pre-fabricated hospital headwall system.

What is a hospital headwall system? A hospital headwall system is an architectural feature that combines electrical and medical gas functions while effectively managing the cords and tubing. Ultimately, the primary goal of a hospital headwall is to reduce clutter, effectively manage all the patient care accessories, and improve the room aesthetic.

Hospital headwall systems are designed to improve equipment organization and layout. This ensures a safe and productive working atmosphere for healthcare employees who don’t have to worry about bumping into equipment or moving cords out of their way, especially in an emergency.

Medical professionals are often in stressful and time sensitive situations. A headwall adds value in these situations by not only reducing visual clutter, but also by creating a safer and more effective environment in which they can work successfully.

Hospital headwalls can also be customized to fit specific requirements, allowing for space optimization and ergonomics in any room in the hospital. Some headwall designs, like the forWard headwall system, are completely modular and reconfigurable to aid in flexible arrangements that suit specific needs.

Finally, forWard® hospital headwall systems, a headwall created by Steve Ward & Associates, can actually reduce noise aiding in the creation of a “quiet” hospital. Patients require comfort and privacy and creating a sound barrier with hospital headwalls can assist in achieving this goal.

Some additional attributes of the forWard® headwall include:

  • Easy removal of outlets or gases without having to cut into a finished wall.
  • Construction materials can include antimicrobial properties reducing the chance for germs to live and grow that come into contact with the headwall.
  • Aesthetic appeal with paneling available in multiple colors, woodgrains and textures to create a sophisticated and calming atmosphere.

We hope after reading this that you have a better understanding of the true importance and functionality of a hospital headwall system. Many times when we are in a hospital, we don’t notice these little details but they can truly make an impactful difference!

For more information on forWard® hospital headwall systems download our digital brochure below.

Headwall Brochure CTA


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Geoff McElrath

Written by Geoff McElrath