The healthcare industry is one of the largest sectors in the world. Globally, this industry has been valued at $10.059 trillion in 2019.
Healthcare facilities are opening up all over the country to meet the increased demand for medical treatments. A hospital structure and its interiors need to be built keeping in mind all the specifications required.
Ease of mobility and agility is of extreme importance at healthcare facilities and hospitals, and the flooring is an important part of ensuring that. Here are some considerations that need to be taken into account when it comes to the flooring for a healthcare facility:
Hospitals must have ramps in every department, to guarantee access to every patient. The flooring option chosen for a medical facility should aid with accessibility. Smooth flooring that helps the movement of wheelchairs, stretchers, mobile equipment, and other wheeled equipment is essential.
Epoxy flooring is one such flooring option that ticks all these boxes. This resin-based flooring ensures that wheeled hospital equipment doesn’t skid and slides to its destination safely and quickly.
Traditional flooring options like hardwood and tiles aren’t ideal for medical facilities since they aren’t germ-resistant.
Hardwood paneling is porous and allows moisture to seep through gaps, which can lead to bacterial buildup. Tiled flooring also holds onto germs in the grout, making the hospital environment unhealthy, unhygienic and unsafe.
For medical facilities, a special sealant can be applied to the surface that repels germs, making the medical facility more sterile.
Reduces the chances of slipping
Another important aspect of flooring for a medical facility is its ability to take on high traffic. Often medical staff has to rush to various areas of the hospital in the case of an emergency, and medics have to run in with a stretcher to save time. This means there can be high traffic at unexpected times in the corridors and safety precautions need to be taken.
Senior citizens also frequently visit the hospital so their safety is also a prime concern. So the floors have to be non-slippery to avoid any accidents.
Epoxy and MMA flooring provide a smooth surface with a superior grip.
Is able to withstand harsh chemicals
Reactive chemicals are widely used around hospitals, whether it’s to sterilize equipment or used during complex treatments. The possibility of spills is high and the flooring can get damaged in the process. Non-porous flooring is ideal for such areas. It doesn’t allow spills to seep through the various layers and corrode or damage the floors. Epoxy flooring can be customized to withstand harsher chemicals as well.
Easy to clean
Healthcare centers must be kept clean at all costs. A significant part of the maintenance costs of a medical facility can be attributed to janitorial services, cleaning equipment, and cleaning products. Any infectious spillages need to be cleaned immediately. The heavy influx of medical staff and patients during busy hours makes the floors dirty, which is why cleaning needs to be done regularly and frequently to sterilize the floors.
Epoxy flooring is easy to clean. Its strong resistance to chemicals makes it safe to use floor cleaners on it. You can simply wipe it clean with a disinfectant to see the best results. Have epoxy flooring installed in your medical facility in Texas by our experts at CSS Coatings. We offer metallic epoxy flooring as well as MMA flooring. Get in touch with us at 270-793-9069 for more information.