If you ask nurses and healthcare employees if they still wear their shoes when they go home, most of them would definitely say no. This is because hospital flooring may contain germs in spite of cleaning and sanitizing them. The shoes will become as the mode of transportation for the germs to spread on other surfaces and places.
Germs, Bacteria, Microbes
When you let these three things spread, you are subjecting yourself on some health dangers brought by these. Worse is, there are some kind of contaminants that can be very persistent such as a multi drug resistant bacteria. Given these things, how do hospitals make sure that their floor is safe for everyone, especially their patients and promote well-being?
One best way to do this is by minimizing hospital flooring transitions with seams where germs and bacteria can grow and hide. Sheet vinyl types of floors need to be bonded physically to create a consistent material. Any infectious agent would be unable to have a place where they can thrive. Seams and gaps should be minimized as well along with the cove base and in the floor edges. This will be very helpful in keeping patients safe and provide them an improved environment.
Vinyl tiles come with gaps in between each tile, but with appropriate acrylic cross link finish on top of them, the gaps can be sealed with a floor finish.
Another way is to use chemical applications with high pH levels that will help remove microbial activity. Cleaners that have neutral pH will help create a hospital environment where germs can propagate.
The initial step to a reduced microbial setting is by starting with a flooring surface that doesn’t support germ growth. Just a simple cleaning with then help maintain the surface and this can prevent microbes from thriving.
Trip, Slip, and Fall
Hallways with buffed surfaces and shiny gleaming floors can the waiting culprits for patient injury. Just by adding water to these surfaces that are super smooth, you are creating a recipe for danger. Slips, trips, and falls can happen in hospitals on a consistent basis, which usually results in patient injury.
Flooring with non-slip surface can help promote safety as it can eliminate the very slick surface. Textured or gritty surfaces also mitigate the risk and lessen the chances of falls. Surfaces that are coated with grit and no-skid waxes can also create a non-slip surface in an otherwise slippery area like the shower and bathroom areas. One more advantage of texturized flooring is its low insurance premiums that comes with it and the decrease in the possibility of possible lawsuits for slip and fall injuries. With this, you will be spared from spending unnecessary expenses and just focus on the works that need to be done.