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7 Healthcare Clinic Signage Ideas for Large-Format Printers

07/19/2022
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Clearly understood communication in the healthcare field is a key factor in patient care, whether in the doctor’s office or throughout a hospital or clinic.

Patients, just like students, have different learning styles, and it’s important that messages reach them in ways they can understand and process. Auditory learners need to hear information whereas visual learners need to see pictures and graphs. When both communication styles are implemented in a healthcare setting, you can expect better patient outcomes.

For the greatest visual impact, large posters and signage should be printed on a large-format printer. These types of printers are not strictly reserved for large commercial production print facilities; many healthcare facilities use wide-format printers to produce a range of materials to create better patient experiences.

Need some inspiration? Here are seven helpful poster and clinic signage ideas that can be printed on large-format printers to get you started.

  1. Admissions and Patient Waiting Area Signage
  2. Eye Charts
  3. Disease Prevention and Treatment Illustrations
  4. Hospital Floor Plans and Directional Signage
  5. Event Promotion
  6. Pediatric Ward Decor
  7. Physician and Staff Signage

1. Admissions and Patient Waiting Area Signage

Clear instructions upon entering a facility can help streamline and expedite care. Display wayfinding signage that helps direct visitors to the correct department or a welcome sign displaying etiquette protocols for wearing masks and social distancing. The waiting room is also a great place to display mission-focused signage including patient testimonials and highlights of doctors and nurses on staff. Also consider featuring helpful seasonal messages like tips for combating allergies, preventing insect bites or reducing injuries.

2. Eye Charts

Vision tests are sometimes used to help diagnose certain conditions. Most wall-mounted eye charts are large and meant to be viewed from 20-feet away. They should also be printed on thicker paper that doesn’t allow images or textures from the wall behind them to show through. The standard size and thickness typically can’t be printed on a standard desktop printer or even many multifunction printers. Printing them on a large-format printer allows for crisp, clean images at a larger scale and will ensure the most accurate results.

3. Disease Prevention and Treatment Illustrations

Whether it’s a simple reminder to thoroughly wash your hands or a more complex illustration of how a doctor will repair a heart valve, visuals can help drive home a point and help put patients’ minds at ease.

Examples of disease prevention and treatment posters might include tips for preventing heart disease, lymes disease, STDs, pulmonary disease and stroke. Don’t forget to increase awareness of other issues like depression, dementia, up-to-date vaccinations and more. Include a call-to-action on your signage encouraging patients to bring up concerning information during their physician visit.

4. Hospital Floor Plans and Directional Signage

Some hospitals have had multiple renovations and additions built over the years, making some facilities feel like a labyrinth of hallways, elevators and corridors. Take a cue from shopping malls and theme parks and print large-scale maps of each hospital floor along with a key to help direct visitors where they should go. Place these in prominent areas throughout the facility. A simple “You Are Here” marker on a map can help directionally challenged visitors find their way without accidentally walking into a restricted zone or getting lost.

5. Event Promotion

Is your clinic sponsoring a blood drive? How about a wellness seminar, yoga class or support group? Increase awareness through vibrant, colorful signage. Consider including QR codes to direct individuals to specific URLs on your website where they can register or find more information.

6. Pediatric Ward Decor

Minimizing the institutional appearance of a pediatric ward and maintaining a pleasant and engaging environment for your youngest patients can help boost moods. Consider changing up wall artwork to align with the seasons and keep it fun and fresh. Don’t forget ceilings; some children may spend countless hours in bed and an interactive visual adventure or piece of artwork on the ceiling can keep their minds occupied.

Are there long-term or repeat visitors who’ve created their own artwork or drawings? Scan it and make it jumbo-sized; then feature it in their room or elsewhere in the facility. Creating a personalized touch helps frightened patients feel special and gives them something to look forward to when visiting certain areas of the ward like procedural rooms that might otherwise make them feel anxious.

7. Physician and Staff Signage

Colorful and attention-grabbing signs shouldn’t just be reserved for the public. Use large-format printing to communicate team-building messages or clearly display shift schedules. Did your department receive an encouraging review or note from a patient? Turn that testimonial into a large poster that shows staff they’re appreciated and are making a difference.

Free Poster Design Software Makes it Easy

Hospitals and healthcare clinics don’t necessarily need a graphic artist or design department to create beautiful posters or signage. Those with a Canon large format printer can use their free PosterArtist creation software. It comes with numerous pre-designed templates that you can choose from or you can upload your own images to customize your signage. Its Auto Design feature can automatically suggest a customized layout based on your text and images. The software is easy to use and compatible with most Canon printers including their large-format imagePRESS Series.

The ability to print large displays in-house can save significant costs and time, which are crucial in the healthcare industry. But the benefits of displaying critical and engaging information in ways that patients and staff can clearly understand can reach much further and positively impact overall health outcomes.

Learn about the advantages of leasing or purchasing a large-format printer for your healthcare facility by contacting Gordon Flesch Company’s print experts. We’re happy to provide a free assessment and help you determine which device is right for you.

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