If you work in a medical facility, you know how important the right furniture is to the operation and sanitation of the building. When it comes to spaces where healthcare is being provided, EVERYTHING needs to be cleanable and safe for patients, for guests and for care providers as well. Although choosing the right furniture for your healthcare facility is of the utmost importance, equipping the space with the right accessories is just as crucial to ensure you’re creating a space for healing. Healthcare accessories from NBF can be broken down into four major groups: accessories for facility protection, waste receptacles, infection control solutions and information boards.
Accessories for facility protection reduce the likelihood for a healthcare facility to succumb to damage caused by regular use. Wall protectors, corner guards and rails all ensure that if a hospital bed, wheelchair or laptop cart is rammed into a wall, the wall will be protected. Not only does this save the facility from having to constantly make repairs to the building, but it is actually a safety concern. Cracks and scratches in walls and furniture can harbor harmful germs and pathogens that are difficult to clean out, thus increasing the likelihood for patient illness and also increasing the chance that the facility could be shut down for violating health codes.
Waste receptacles for a medical facility must stick to much stricter standards than the trash cans a business office can use. Standard waste receptacles are typically made of stainless steel, which is easy to clean and can even be washed with medical grade cleaning agents. In addition to this specific type of construction, most medical waste bins feature a step-on open mechanism that allows care providers to open the lid without needing to touch the unit, further preventing the spread of potentially harmful pathogens.
There are two types of medical waste bins you will notice in a healthcare facility that are red. The first type is for biohazards. These bins are usually made of metal or plastic and also feature the step-on opening. Biohazard waste receptacles must be leak-proof and are brightly colored to signify that only certain materials can go in them. The second type of brightly colored waste receptacle is for ‘sharps’ which, as you might guess, are waste bins for needles and other sharp objects.
This category of healthcare accessories is an obvious one. Infection control in a space where potentially harmful germs are constantly coming in and out can be tough, and that’s why medical facilities must take every precaution to stay on top of it. Infection control solutions include accessories such as sanitizer units, hand hygiene shelves and infection control centers that include gloves and masks. Having these supplies at the ready will ensure that the spread of infection is kept at bay and that everyone in your facility is kept as healthy and safe as possible.
Information boards can be as simple as a basic whiteboard or as complex as interactive boards with pain charts and hospital branding. Information boards help relay communications between patients, families and caregivers, ensuring everyone is on the same page. These boards will often include daily goals as well, which can aid in the recovery process.
When it comes to selecting the right information board for your facility, be sure to put cleanability at the forefront of your mind. Glass boards are the easiest to clean completely, and permanent marker can even be erased from this type of surface.