Anyone working in a healthcare environment will be well aware of the challenges that seating presents when it comes to de-contamination and cleaning.
Hospital bedside seating is one of the worst areas for harbouring pathogens and one of the most challenging areas to clean. In fact, it is usually impossible to clean chairs found in hospital wards to a satisfactory standard. Furthermore, while bedding is in close contact with patients, and is an avid infection-collector, bedside chairs have a drawback that bedding does not have; chairs are alternately used by both patients and visitors. The problem intensifies from merely harbouring infection to transmitting it.
This unsatisfactory fact is acknowledged but hardly ever addressed. Why is this? It is because there is such a limited offering of available products to deal with this challenge, so the issue has to be bypassed.
The material covering the chair is often an easy-clean material, such as vinyl, and does occasionally get wiped down after use. What about the bug traps within the seating system? The answer is this; they get left because it is almost impossible to access these areas on conventional chairs. Furthermore, any scuff or surface damage to the wooden frame is immediately a trap for bacteria and very difficult to clean. A non-smooth area normally signifies a non-clean area.
If the soft fabric is damaged or worn, this provides vast scope for invasion by microbes, and the chair may need replacing completely.
The areas that often get overlooked and neglected are around the edges of the seat cushion, underneath the backrest cushions, underneath the leg rest if there is one, and the seat base where liquids, dirt and food waste will collect. These are some of the most likely areas of contamination.
What is required is a revolutionary product that enables all areas of contamination to be easily and effectively cleaned without compromising on patient comfort.
This kind of chair was dreamt of but until recently never produced.
These chairs of unique design, carefully thought through with invaluable input from healthcare professionals, have now been designed and manufactured. The end result? A range of chairs that can be stripped down in seconds to expose and thoroughly clean and disinfect all areas of potential threat, while retaining maximum patient comfort. Any damage to seat back or base cushions only requires replacement of the detachable cushion, not the whole chair. These chairs are a ‘must-have’ in your increasingly clean environment.