In the second part of my conversation with Lisa Bonnet, Senior Interior Designer at the prestigious e4h - Environments for Health Architecture, Lisa discusses the advancements in surface products in the hospital space that have contributed to the reduction of Hospital-Acquired Infections.
In older hospitals, countertops around sinks have traditionally been unhygienic areas where bacteria and other icky stuff tend to hang out.
As Lisa shares, research has shown that with the introduction of revolutionary products like seamless, solid surface and antibacterial countertops that can be shaped and curved to meet the aesthetic and code requirements of the hospital and the design team, HAI’s have been significantly reduced.
Lisa wrote an article about this subject in Medical Construction and Design Magazine entitled, How Sterile is Too Sterile? She unpacks that article more here in part 2 of the episode. Read the article here: https://mcdmag.epubxp.com/i/853600-jul-aug-2017/22?m4= To learn more about Lisa Bonnet and e4h architecture visit: http://www.e4harchitecture.com/.
Thank you to our industry partner The Center For Health Design! Learn more about how CHD can support your firm by visiting: http://healthdesign.org.
And to the American Association of Healthcare Interior Designers, thank you for your support of this program. Enhance your professional credibility by earning the Certified Healthcare Interior Design credential. Visit http://aahid.org for more info.
In this episode you will learn:
Porcelanosa’s KRION® Solid Surface Material is made out of two-thirds natural minerals and a low percentage of high-resistance resins. KRION® is available in an array of colors, can be thermocurved or backlit, and is antibacterial – making it a perfect product for the healthcare industry. KRION® is also highly resistant to impacts and external elements (such as fire, chemicals, and frost), and is easy to clean and maintain.
Inspired by the properties of photocatalytic materials, Porcelanosa has evolved their KRION® Solid Surface material called K-LIFE. When K-LIFE comes into contact with light, it will be able to purify the air, expel harmful bacteria, and more. K-LIFE can easily be integrated into many applications – from wall coverings and claddings for ceilings, to custom tables, bars, sinks, shelving units and furniture.
The application of K-LIFE in areas with high daily traffic, such as waiting rooms or reception areas, can assure a gradual decontamination of germs and lead to ongoing ecological benefits. Some research performed with KRION® K-LIFE, which has photocatalytic properties, proved that the material can significantly reduce the presence of bacteria. This revolutionary process has led to a patent pending, innovative, and exclusive product that will have a direct effect on our quality of life.
Learn more about KRION® at https://www.porcelanosa-usa.com/what-is-krion/.