Healthy Casework Solutions For Medical Facilities
Do you remember that study that made the rounds a few years ago about how the average desk hosts about 400 times the number of germs as a toilet seat? It’s certainly true that work surfaces which are touched over and over can accumulate a layer of dirt and oils that attract and nurture bacteria. Add in the particularly nasty strains of germs that are present in a typical hospital setting, and you realize how critical it is to maintain the best hygiene standards possible. Nosocomial (hospital acquired) infections are far too common among patients today, and healthcare workers are also at high risk for being contaminated with bacteria that leads to illness from cabinets and work surfaces. Now, there’s a “silver bullet” to help reduce the bacteria impact on medical casework cabinets and work surfaces – Agion Anti-Microbial Cabinets. (Click here to see more healthy casework features video)
Agion Anti-Microbial Cabinets Reduce Bacteria and Germs
Agion is a silver impregnated compound in paint that is used as an antimicrobial topcoat to prevent the spread of bacteria and germs. Very few people use silver in their powder coat, which makes the Agion coating unique. Before the development of antibiotics, silver was used in sulfa drugs to keep wounds from getting infected. Today, since so many strains of bacteria (like MRSA) are resistant to antibiotics, we’re back to using silver to help prevent against bacterial growth for day-to-day situations. Contact with Agion coated surfaces is safe for humans and deadly for bacteria and mold. Modular casework cabinets and work surfaces treated with Agion germ fighting products continue battling microbes year after year. This isn’t a substitute for having hospital workers wash their hands or for decontaminating commonly touched casework cabinets and work surfaces, but it’s a good backup system.
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Improving Indoor Air Quality and Limiting Off Gassing
Agion powder coating is accomplished by spraying electro-statically charged particles of resin onto a steel cabinet component. Then the cabinet is assembled using a unique rivet construction similar to the process used in building airplanes. Rivet construction provides flexibility to change cabinet components and ensures all edges of every panel are coated with paint. Each individual cabinet is baked at a high temperature so the Agion powder coating bonds directly to the cabinet’s metal. This means there aren’t any loose particles wafting around in the air after the powder coating is cured. Electro-static Agion Anti-Microbial Cabinets limit off gassing of VOC’s (volatile organic compounds) keeping your building’s indoor air quality high. Particularly nasty VOCs like formaldehyde are commonly used in a variety of casework and millwork furniture finishes. These substances are considered carcinogenic and can also cause acute symptoms such as headaches, nausea, and breathing difficulty in sensitive individuals. That’s especially important in a hospital or long-term health care facility where patients with breathing problems like chronic bronchitis or emphysema need the cleanest air possible.
Design and Planning Healthy Casework Solutions and Agion Anti-Microbial Cabinets
Want to know if Agion Anti-Microbial Cabinets and healthy casework makes sense for your facility? We offer design and planning assistance to help you determine if our healthy casework solutions will benefit your facility. Contact us today toll free 1-800-803-1083 for more information or to have one of our experienced modular casework specialists survey your needs.