Where the recovery process of patients is being worked on, safety precautions are vital. The accumulation of dirt and dust, but also non-visible matter of a microbiological and electrical nature, is a major threat. ESD floors are equipped to eliminate the emergence of such external influences. What makes the ESD floor such a safe floor solution in medical facilities?
Prevention is the key word in hospital admission and operation rooms. During hospital admissions and operations, ‘minor issues’ that are out of sight can have far-reaching consequences. What is subject to this?
Safe work on recovery requires surgical precision. More precisely, to neutralize environmental factors that could easily destroy this process. When electrostatic charge is built up on the floor, it is accidentally discharged when in contact with equipment, instruments and/or persons. This is not entirely without risk, knowing that it involves human lives. After all, in recording and operating rooms, electrical equipment is used for quality assurance purposes. Measurement and intervention systems, such as breathing and cardiac monitoring equipment, can be severely disrupted as a result of this discharge.
ESD floors are specially designed to prevent the buildup of electrostatic charge, through a cast floor with conductive properties. The floor actually works as a lightning conductor. Electrostatic charge created by friction with the floor, resulting from, for example, running movements, is discharged immediately. This does not therefore have an opportunity to interfere with the operation of the equipment used and thus endanger patient safety
An ESD floor is also a hygienic choice. Floors in intake and operating rooms should be kept as sterile as possible to avoid microbiological hazards in the form of harmful viruses and bacteria. Good cleanability is therefore a hard requirement. ESD floors provide this. Its seamless and fluid-tight design makes the floor easy and quick to clean.
But, as the well-known adage says, prevention is better than cure. By preventing electrostatic charge build-up, the floor also has no attraction to dirt and dust. Therefore, less cleaning is required to maintain sterility.
For similar reasons, ESD floors are also beneficial to non-direct medical care providers, such as pharmaceutical companies. The development and production of medicinal products takes place in cleanrooms, where any form of contamination can have a major impact on the research results and the efficacy of the drugs. In addition to installing absolute filters against air pollutants, the floor also determines the degree of cleanliness within the room. The fact that ESD floors do not attract dirt and dust and are easy to disinfect is therefore essential to meet hygiene requirements.
In cleanrooms too, micro-electronics are generally used which involve electrostatically sensitive components. A low voltage can cause irreversible damage at a magnetic head. Although most components can handle a certain maximum working voltage, semiconductors within the microelectronics remain susceptible to shock.
Latent defects are not always noticed immediately, which results in impurities being inundetected in the results of the research and/or the batches produced. In the field of public health, this is a (too) high risk.
HIM takes safety very seriously. As far as health care is concerned, you should be able to rely blindly on the work environment to ensure the well-being of staff and patients and the preservation of corporate objects. Use HIM’s secure floor solutions to ensure ultimate ESD protection.
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