Medical Construction & Design

MAY-JUN 2018

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MCDM AG.COM | M AY/ J U N E 2018 | Medical Construction & Design 21 types of toilet rooms to accom- modate special fl oor-mounted toilets, larger clear fl oor spaces around the toilet and in the shower, longer grab bars and wider doors. They may also require structural steel in the vanity. Anything a patient might grab to prevent a fall, including towel bars, should be securely anchored. Although the FGI Guidelines clearly defi ne the functional requirements of the room, the facility owner will need to decide how to transfer patients from the bed to the toilet. For example, they will need to determine if a ceiling-mounted lift will be used in both rooms and how patients will move through the doorway. Bariatric toilets, even those with a porcelain fi nish, have a certain institutional quality, and the feel of the rest of the room can be cold and imper- sonal. One way to combat this is by concealing the increased structural support and select- ing fi nishes and lighting that add warmth to the room. Considerations for all patient toilet rooms Patient safety, particularly reducing a patient's fall risk, is a serious concern in hospitals, and the design of all patient toilet rooms should minimize water pooling on the fl oor, while providing plenty of grab bars and other means of sup- port. The entry door to patient toilet rooms can pose a signifi - cant fall risk, and facilities may consider adding a grab bar adjacent to the door frame. For infection preven- tion, fi nish selections must factor in the facility's clean- ing standards, as well as the patient's comfort. Rectifi ed tile minimizes grout joints, and the epoxy, urethane or sealed grouts help with long-term maintenance. Solid surface material or tiles can be used for the walls of the shower. Some companies off er custom solid surface cladding and fl oors for showers that reduce seams. Integral sinks in solid surface counters com- bine an attractive look with durability and ease of cleaning. Ease of cleaning and appear- ance should factor in when specifying details like drains. Shower curtains with antimi- crobial properties are another good choice to keep the space clean. Designers should craft the details of casework and transitions to promote easy cleaning. For example, tile with a cove base trim profi le will help keep the edges of the fl oor clean. Staying in a hospital is diffi - cult enough without having to juggle a toothbrush, toothpaste and a toiletry case at a wall- hung sink. Amenities that help patients feel more at home will help make the stay less stressful. Space for toiletries and other personal belongings, convenient hooks and fl atter- ing lighting contribute to a hospitality-like atmosphere. Patient toilet rooms are evolving due to patient and safety expectations, infection prevention and the increased pressure for effi ciency driven by the industry's shrink- ing margins. Investments in upgrades that promote patient safety and streamline maintenance will pay off from an operations standpoint. Similarly, amenities that promote a patient's dignity and well-being can increase patient satisfaction scores and boost a facility's reputation for providing patient-centric holistic care. Striking the right balance between these considerations creates the perfect synergy when it comes to designing spaces best suited for patients' diverse acuity levels and needs. Carolyn Fleetwood Blake, IIDA, LEED AP, EDAC, is a senior interior designer at Gresham, Smith and Partners. >> ROOMS continued from 19 PRACTICAL BEAUTY This open-shower concept marries both aesthetics and function. Spotlight Healthcare Restrooms Encouraging handwashing and reducing surface contact are two of the best ways to reduce the spread of infection. Chicago Faucets offers comprehensive healthcare solutions, including our new hands-free EQ Series that combines commercial quality with a contemporary design. Get an EQ Series brochure at: HANDS-FREE HEALTHCARE FAUCET SOLUTIONS Photo courtesy of Herman Miller

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