Did you know…
- Over 51 million procedures are performed in non-federal, short-stay hospitals every year.
- Over 31 million discharges happen over the course of a year.
- The average hospital stay is 4.8 days (read more about this data here).
To say that hospitals receive a lot of traffic is an understatement.
With that traffic comes many concerns, one of the biggest being sanitation issues. Yes, people go to the hospital when they’re sick, but they shouldn’t get sicker while staying there (at least, not because of cleanliness issues!). And people who work or visit hospitals shouldn’t have to worry about getting sick, either.
While hospital “hygiene” involves many complex layers from effective sterilization of surgical equipment to proper disposal of toxic waste (and all the layers in between), we want to discuss an area that people might not think about too much (unless they’re one of those folks spending the 4.8 nights under a hospital’s roof!): hospital showers.
Like any other surface in a hospital, it’s imperative that hospital showers are cleaned thoroughly to avoid the spread of germs and bacteria. But not all hospital showers are created equal. See, the type of material used to make the shower will affect how easy it is to clean and maintain.
Materials That Shouldn’t Be Used in Hospital Showers
You don’t want to use tile in hospital showers. For starters, tile is expensive, thanks to the grouting, which involves labor-intensive installation. However, beyond that, tile is not an easy material to keep clean. Yes, it’s the grout’s fault again (anyone with a tile backsplash in the kitchen knows what we’re talking about). The grout can also crack, which can harbor germs and bacteria. This is a no-no in any environment, but especially in hospitals.
Fiberglass is a considerably cheaper alternative, but what it lacks in price, it also lacks in quality. Fiberglass isn’t easy to repair and it doesn’t have the greatest track record when it comes to longevity.
Pressure washing is a standard method for cleaning hospital showers, but pressure washers can tear through fiberglass and break down grout between tiles. Again, that’s not good news when you must have a germ-free environment.
So What Material is the Best Choice for Hospital Showers? Solid Surface.
- Solid surface hospital showers are easy to clean and maintain since solid surface is a non-porous material. That means it won’t harbor germs and other bacteria.
- Solid surface hospital showers can withstand the impact of powerful pressure washers. This material is strong and durable.
- Solid surface hospital showers are easy to fabricate. This is the ideal material when you need to order a large number of showers for big commercial projects, like hospitals or colleges (think dormitories).
- Solid surface shower bases can be manufactured with a pebbled texture, which helps prevent slipping (an important must-have in a hospital setting where people are rehabbing).
Convinced that solid surfaces are the way to go for hospital showers? We hope so. Be sure to check out our line of hospital showers (all proudly American made!).