Healthcare Flooring for the New Normal

Emotions run high in hospitals. Patients, families, doctors, nurses, and countless other people vacillate from fear and exhaustion to relief and elation in the span of a few minutes, hours, or days. The floor is the last thing on anyone’s mind. And if it is the right floor, that is the way it should be. Floors that perform at the highest levels are a critical part of the support team, especially in these challenging times. They can reduce the risk of serious injuries associated with falls, leave nurses with a spring in their step even after a 12-hour shift, and help provide a sterile environment to prevent infections from spreading. High-performing floors even quiet the rush of hospital activity so patients can get a healing night’s sleep. This course illustrates the challenges facing health-care settings today and guides the designer or specifier on how to choose the right flooring to solve those problems. Ultimately, flooring that is good for health professionals is flooring that is good for patient care, health outcomes, and the bottom line.

Learning Objectives

  1. Discuss the state of wellness and illness in the United States, including what the COVID-19 pandemic revealed about our health-care system, and possible outcomes and impacts to population health going forward.
  2. Identify the challenges in a health-care setting.
  3. Explain how flooring can help solve problems of noise, staff fatigue, slips and falls, and infectious surfaces.
  4. Describe how to specify the right product for the application.
  5. Review case studies that illustrate the challenges faced by health-care providers, and how savvy specification of flooring helped meet those challenges.

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Credits:

1 AIA LU/HSW
1 EDAC CEU
1 IDCEC CEU

 

 

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