Design for Hospitals: How Can Design Help with Infection Control? (Part 2)
Manufacturers of healthcare furniture have become so good, in the last few years, at creating furniture that has great functional capabilities yet looks terrific. It looks almost residential or like hospitality furniture. But now, when you understand what the CDC guidelines require, the germicidal agents that hospitals are required to use will strip the paint off a car. Just imagine using these after every patient, or even daily when the same patient is in the room…every day, cleaning the wood arms of a chair or upholstery fabrics with these highly caustic chemicals. They are not going to last very long. So what is the solution? Is it a metal frame for that high-back patient chair? C. difficile, for example, often causes diarrhea, which can be severe, and, in addition, you have a lot of bodily fluids, let’s say in a surgical unit. How are you going to clean that adequately? Do you want to be the next person who comes in and sits on that chair when the housecleaning staff has 10 to 12 minutes to clean that room in-between patients?
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