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IN FO C U S
S T R A T E G I C A P P R O A C H E S to D E S I G N C H A L L E N G E S

are among the most critical
environments in the hospital. They are places
where staff spend hours on their feet in stressful
conditions and where patients in surgery are at
their most vulnerable. While reducing the risk of
healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) drives design in all hospital spaces, mitigating the potential
for contamination in surgical spaces is absolutely
crucial. This means that materials and finishes in
the OR-particularly walls and flooring-are an important part of creating a safe environment.
The Facility Guidelines Institute's Guidelines
for Design and Construction of Hospitals, which
outlines specific requirements for OR finishes,
dictates that floors should be monolithic and
seamless, which will inherently keep out more
pathogens and be more easily disinfected. Walls
also play an important role in creating a hygienic
space. Air and fluid-borne pathogens can reach the
walls, so they must be easily and routinely cleaned,
as well.
Cost-effectiveness is typically a top concern of
hospital administrators because ORs are often profit centers for hospitals. Materials that are difficult to
sterilize or can't stand up to rigorous cleaning protocols will require longer downtimes for cleaning or
frequent repairs, resulting in lost revenue.
For designers, it's crucial to understand stakeholders' expectations while at the same time demonstrating the trade-offs between various finishes.
In many instances, there's a give-and-take between
operational efficiency and costs of material choices.

OPERATING ROOMS

WA L L S U R F A C E S

INTERIOR DESIGN

DAVID SENIOR

CRITICAL DECISIONS

Selecting the right materials for operating rooms can impact
safety, efficiency, and the bottom line By Emily Haynes

Hospital ORs are busy places with gurneys coming
in and out that can bump into and nick walls. In addition to diminishing the look of the OR, damaged
areas must be patched in order to maintain a seamless surface critical to infection prevention. Cracks
and nicks make it harder for staff to disinfect because pathogens can hide out in these places.
When specifying wall finishes, designers have a
range of options, including paint, panels, and solid
surfacing. Epoxy paint is cost-effective and easy
to clean because it can withstand hot water and
strong detergents, which are required for cleaning
after each procedure, without incurring surface damage. However, epoxy
paint is not impact resistant, making
it less durable than other materials

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Contents
EDITORIAL
SHOW TALK
NEXT STEPS
HEALTHCARE DESIGN WINS NATIONAL JOURNALISM HONORS
LAW AND ORDER
TAKING OFF
PHOTO TOUR
MIX AND MATCH
SPEAKING VOLUMES
INTERIOR DESIGN CRITICAL DECISIONS
PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT CEILING AND WALL SYSTEMS
THE CENTER
FACE TIME
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Healthcare Design - June/July 2019 - EDITORIAL
Healthcare Design - June/July 2019 - SHOW TALK
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Healthcare Design - June/July 2019 - NEXT STEPS
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Healthcare Design - June/July 2019 - HEALTHCARE DESIGN WINS NATIONAL JOURNALISM HONORS
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Healthcare Design - June/July 2019 - LAW AND ORDER
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