How epoxy flooring can minimize the spread of bacteria in hospitals
Cleanliness has always been a top priority in hospitals across the United States, but due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, it’s more important than ever to minimize the risk of infection and stop the spread of bacteria.
Unlike most institutions, medical facilities are held to extremely high safety and hygiene standards to safeguard their patients. Infection control and a sanitary environment is paramount, and flooring plays a big part in helping hospitals meet their strict health code requirements.
Flooring with antimicrobial properties
Everlast® Epoxy Flooring has properties that exceed hospital flooring hygiene requirements and can help prevent the spread of infection. Our epoxy flooring for medical institutions has an EPA additive that inhibits the growth of microorganisms.
This additional level of protection makes an epoxy floor an optimal choice for emergency rooms, operating theaters, and hospital wards where sanitary conditions are imperative for the well-being of vulnerable patients.
Hardwearing hospital floors are vital
However, medical facilities are more than just emergency rooms and patient wards. They also house commercial kitchens and miles of corridors, all of which have to be designed to cope with heavy foot traffic at all times of the day and night—busy hospitals never sleep!
When choosing a flooring system for a medical facility, hospital managers should choose a material that is hardwearing enough to withstand the constant movement of hospital gurneys, beds, and wheelchairs. The smooth finish of an epoxy floor means patients can be moved safely and in comfort over a seamless floor—with no joints or ridges in the flooring, patients will never experience a bumpy ride.
Similarly, in the hospital kitchen, a smooth flooring surface means there is nowhere for food debris or bacteria to hide, unlike a tiled floor where the joints can become a haven for germs.
Easy to clean for hassle-free maintenance
With an in-built resistance to harsh chemicals, it’s easy to keep commercial epoxy flooring clean and sanitized. It can handle strong detergents and cleaning products and never requires buffing or waxing, which often just makes surfaces slippery. In fact, Everlast® Epoxy Flooring has slip-resistant properties that keep the surface safe for patients and hospital employees as they go about their busy day.
Spills are easy to clean and will not seep into the concrete substrate, meaning they can simply be wiped clean and left sanitized. We provide a range of cleaning products that will keep hospital floors hygienically clean without the need for mops and buckets. Simply apply our floor care solution to clean the surface to remove all traces of debris, grime, and spillages, leaving the floor sanitized and safe.
Choose the right flooring and it will serve you for years
Hospitals cannot afford downtime. Shutting down an operating room to lay new flooring could potentially cost lives. It’s therefore important to choose the right flooring to ensure that operations and treatment can be carried out as planned.
Replacing the flooring of a medical facility needs to be a fast and efficient process. Epoxy flooring can be installed over the existing flooring, which saves time and money. Hospital facility managers who need to deal with the headache of a failed floor can rely on epoxy flooring to provide a cost-effective solution that lasts for decades—and that means no more downtime wasted on inferior flooring replacements.
Create a pleasant environment for patients
Being in the hospital is, understandably, incredibly stressful, but when medical facilities are intentionally designed with a peaceful and calming environment, they can become a less worrisome place to be.
Epoxy flooring comes in a range of bright, attractive colors that will help you create a welcoming environment for people during their hospital stay. As epoxy flooring can continue to look good for decades, it will instill confidence in patients that they are being cared for in a clean, well-maintained health care setting.
For truly personalized flooring solutions, our certified engineers can even add designs or logos into the resin-based flooring, which is especially welcoming for younger patients in a children’s ward or pediatrician’s consulting room.
Epoxy flooring: the right choice for health care facilities
From laboratories to operating rooms, epoxy flooring provides a hygienic solution for a wide range of medical facilities.
With its antimicrobial properties and easy-to-clean surface, Everlast® Epoxy Flooring is the smart choice for medical facility managers who are serious about providing the absolute best in patient care.
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