Assessing the healthcare floorcovering needs of a busy facility involves juggling multiple “top priorities”- everything is important!! Sanitation, maintenance and design considerations are often at odds with each other, but ProCarpet has worked extensively with healthcare facilities installing flooring that is highly functional, serviceable, and aesthetically pleasing.
Flooring sets the stage for all healthcare facility activities. It contributes to visitors’ first impression of a space and shapes their opinions about an organization’s ability to provide safe, high-quality, and comfortable care. Contributing both to a building’s structural integrity and healing aesthetic, flooring occupies every square inch of measured healthcare facility space, providing a major lifecycle investment opportunity to help realize positive healthcare outcomes, especially those outcomes now linked to reimbursement through healthcare reform.
To reduce slips, trips and falls, flooring should be stable, firm, and slip-resistant. In areas where high spillage is likely, it should be impermeable and easily cleaned, with texture to prevent slips. It must be tested for optimal performance under different conditions (wet/dry/greasy). Unnecessary changes in flooring surfaces, especially in areas with limited visual field, should be avoided, and thresholds should be low to adhere to ADA standards. Joints, seams, and high contrast in flooring patterns should be minimized to reduce trip hazards. Most important, appropriate finishes and cleaning procedures should be used, in keeping with manufacturer recommendations, to ensure that the flooring performs as intended.
Because patient and staff falls will still occur, flooring should have a balance of energy-absorbent properties to absorb the force of impact that causes injury and firmness to reduce the risk of falling due to poor balance. If rigid materials are used, then underlays can be installed to provide adequate cushioning.
The moment a patient or family member walks into the facility, floor and wall covering can help to reduce stress and enhance the experience. From entrance halls to surgical suites, to patient care rooms in hospitals, clinics and assisted living facilities, ProCarpet healthcare flooring will not only help create a relaxing and welcoming environment for patients, but make those surfaces easy to maintain, as well.
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