It has always been imperative that facilities keep their healthcare furniture clean and sanitized. From hospitals and clinics to senior living facilities, the settings that require healthcare furniture for staff, patients, and visitors to use are as careful when it comes to maintaining it as they are when selecting it. Frankly, it may matter less whether the medical facility uses great design and excellent furniture if they can’t ensure it’s safe for everyone to use. Especially in today’s health climate with COVID-19 concerns, more hospital and patient-facing settings approach cleaning their healthcare furniture far more critically.
Start With Picking Sensible Furniture
The different types of healthcare furniture include waiting room chairs, tables, exam tables, beds, and more. All surfaces will be touched or harbor germs that could negatively impact a patient’s health. Hospitals know their furniture and other surfaces need regular cleaning and disinfecting in order to create a safe environment. They can make the task easier by picking sensible healthcare furniture from the start. By this, we mean opting for furniture that is non-porous and can withstand several years of regular sanitizing. Vinyl fabrics and cushions for chairs and sofas are a great option. Sturdy furniture made with stainless steel can also be easily wiped down and last many years.
Being Mindful To Avoid Cross-Contamination
Patients and hospital staff won’t just be coming into contact with the furniture; They’re constantly touching and retouching things like doorknobs, writing utensils, light switches, drapes, remotes, tools, and much more! This is a reminder that cross-contamination can render the cleaning efforts of the furniture useless if one isn’t careful about avoiding cross-contamination. We should assume that anything in reach has been contaminated with hospital pathogens and needs replacing and sanitizing.
Keeping the Overall Environment Clean
Facilities can reduce the chances of cross-contamination in a patient’s room or healthcare furniture by striving to keep the overall environment clean. Don’t think that your sanitation efforts are going overboard. Aside from properly handling regular and bio waste removal, laundering the hospital bed sheets, and cleaning the en suite bathrooms, the floors and even windows should be adequately cleaned and disinfected too. It can be an exhaustive effort to maintain clean healthcare furniture, but it could make a difference in someone’s health.
Choose Edwards & Hill for Your Healthcare Furniture and Design Needs
Are you ready to redesign your facility to further promote healing and wellness? Edwards & Hill can help you design and install the perfect designs for your medical facility. Edwards & Hill is a leading office, education, medical, and hospitality furniture provider with the high-quality design and installation services for any style or scale. If you are ready to get your hospital room design started, contact us online or give us a call at 301-317-4250. For more furniture design tips, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Flickr, and YouTube.
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