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unless it's paired with abuse-resistant drywall, which can be an added cost.
Wall panels come in a variety of options and materials, making them
popular choices in terms of cost and durability. Impact wall panels and wall
protection are nonporous as well as water and impact resistant, so they are
easier to clean, less susceptible to pathogen contamination, and durable in
terms of withstanding normal wear-and-tear.
Stainless steel wall panels are one of the most expensive options, but the
material's nonporous and impact-resistant construction (as well as chemical resistance) makes it one of the most durable alternatives that's easy to
clean. However, if a panel is damaged, maintenance must be outsourced
rather than completed on-site, which increases the time frame that an
OR is out of commission. Rigid plastic wall protection panels, on the other
hand, are an inexpensive option. However, they require sealants for corrosion resistance, which will need to be maintained over the lifetime of the
product, adding time and cost to the regular maintenance process.
Another option is hygienic wall panels. They are water and impact resistant and can be heat welded at the inside, outside, and vertical seam. They
can also be heat welded to the integral base that's formed when the flooring surface runs several inches up the wall to eliminate seaming at the floor
base and reduce sharp corners. While a more expensive option, the panels'
seamless nature allows for ease of cleaning and maintenance, which keeps
costs low over the lifetime of the product.
Solid surface material is nonporous and weldable as well as abuse, mold,
and mildew resistant, making it a strong contender in terms of durabil-

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ity, and for the most part, cleanability. However,
caulking and sealing is sometimes required
at seams when the material cannot be "heat
formed," which shapes the material over a surface to eliminate joints.
Many hospitals will combine hygienic wall
panels and rigid plastic or stainless steel wall
panels with other materials to maximize the
benefits of selected panels while controlling
costs-or even for aesthetic reasons. For example, some hospitals may elect to do half the
height of a wall in solid surface or hygienic panels to protect the bottom part of the wall against
gurneys and equipment while painting the upper wall surface with epoxy.
FLOORING

Given that ORs are used for many hours and exposed to significant wear-and-tear, it's crucial
that maintaining and replacing flooring is both
quick and easy in order to reduce OR downtime
and keep surfaces hygienic.
No-wax, heat-welded, solid-vinyl tile provides easy upkeep. It has the added benefit that

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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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