Corian® offers a flexible alternative to other surfaces, and its ability to resist bacteria growth makes it ideal for a sanitary operation like a hospital
Jackson, MI (Vocus) April 2, 2009
Controlling infections is an important goal for all hospitals. Keeping the hospital safe for employees, patients, and visitors is done through variety of processes. Hospital designers have begun implementing new elements in the physical construction of the facility to aid infection control. New solid surfaces materials are being utilized in place of the traditional particle board backed plastic laminate surfaces that were being used previously for counter tops and cabinetry. These new solid surfaces, such as Corian®, help prevent microbial growth in the facility. Midbrook, a Jackson, MI, based manufacturing company, is now offering custom Corian® fabrication to help hospitals control microbial growth in their facility.
New regulations aimed to aid in this improvement include a movement to remove all porous surfaces, such as plastic laminate, from certain areas of the facility. Research has shown that thee non-solid, porous surfaces can harbor bacteria and create a health hazard. The 2006 Guidelines for Design and Construction of Healthcare Facilities lay out 18 characteristics for surfaces that designers should consider when implementing new surfaces in their facility. Corian® and other acrylic solid surfaces meet these standards more effectively than any other surface on the market.
Corian®, an acrylic solid surface, has stepped in to replace porous surfaces. Corian® offers a wide array of colors and can be fabricated into any shape desired for the design of the facility. Midbrook offers Corian® solutions for countertops, cabinets, scrub sinks, patient sinks, and any other area where it is important for the surface to remain free of bacteria. Corian® is easy to clean, non-porous, durable, simple to repair, and stain/slip resistant.
“We’ve noticed that as many hospitals re-design or upgrade their facilities, they are taking out any plastic laminate surface – not just the counter tops – and replacing them with Corian® in anticipation of further regulatory changes,” said Midbrook Business Development Director Jamie Crowley.
“Corian® offers a flexible alternative to other surfaces, and its ability to resist bacteria growth makes it ideal for a sanitary operation like a hospital,” said Midbrook Business Development Director Jamie Crowley.
Corian® has numerous environmental benefits – it is a solid surface that resists bacteria growth when properly maintained, it is NSF certified (meaning that is safe for food, water, and other consumer goods) and it is certified as a low emission material by the GREENGUARD® Environmental Institute, which monitors indoor air emissions. The material is also GREENGUARD® listed for its microbial resistance.
“It’s one of the most environmentally conscious building materials on the market today,” said Crowley.
To go along with the environmental benefits, Corian® is also easy to work with for designers. It can be fabricated easily, to fit any application in the facility. With over 130 colors available, designers can create a unique atmosphere in their facility with ease.
“We expect Corian® fabrications and installations to be a major part of our work going forward,” said Crowley.