Traditional Casework is Harboring Bacteria


Traditional Casework is Harboring Bacteria

Healthcare professionals learned long ago that germs could hide in many areas. Today we know that traditional casework, historically made out of laminate, can harbor bacteria, putting healthcare professionals and patient's health at risk.  The most important factor in healthcare is healing; second comes safety. Shouldn't your casework do that?

One of the cross-cutting issues of acute healthcare is the cost of preventing Healthcare Acquired Infection (HAI) and the cost of furnishings that are specified and how long will they last? According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), 1 in 31 patients will become sick due to an HAI. Casework is one of the largest investments that a healthcare facility can make due to the magnitude and square footage of needed space. With all of that surfacing, if it is non-porous, it is a likely place for an HAI. 

Traditional casework is fabricated using wood particle substrates laminated and trimmed with plastic or PVC. There are many places traditional casework can harbor infectious diseases. The most common places on or in healthcare casework for bacteria to grow and spread are handles, peeling laminate, or the seam of edge banding. Why are health systems still using casework that peels apart, ensuring that bacterial will spread? The answer comes down to the cost allocated on projects and also that CDC had no real requirements on what should be used on projects previously.  Sometimes it takes the extreme risk to make a change, and that is where we are currently. 

Solid surface is the future of healthcare casework. Changes in the design of acute healthcare casework will help prevent disease and even promote healing. Eliminating laminate, banded edges, and minimizing seams remove the environment for bacterial growth and transmission. Because the lifespan of casework is substantially extended with solid surfaces, solid surface casework's overall cost is lower than traditional casework. 

It is an equal win for all, from healthcare workers, patients to the facilities managers. The ability to match safe healthcare with time and energy, solid-surface, as Welnest is the ideal solution. 

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