Mountain States Health Alliance DBA Johnson City Medical Center has to stand up to the daily rigors of the operating room: high traffic, heavy tables, microscopes and high-stain chemicals such as methylene blue and betadine. It’s no wonder that stain-resistant, durable and ergonomic materials were chosen to keep up with the newly debuted facility. “We used vinyl in our old surgery suites, but for the new tower we wanted a stain-resistant and durable floor that could stand up to the rigors of surgery. That led us to noraplan environcare™,” says Kathy Sanderson, multi-facility director.
The hospital found that rubber flooring helped mitigate many of the concerns of choosing building materials for OR environments. Common chemicals such as betadine clean up quickly, without staining. Instruments that may drop to the floor during surgery are easily identified by nursing staff, with no camouflaging. Heavy OR tables and microscopes can roll across the surface without issue. And, as added benefit to staff, the flooring’s ergonomic properties relieve back pain for hospital personnel working on their feet.
When it came to planning the new center, the day-to-day routine of hospital staff was considered. “We wanted our nurse managers, specialty coordinators and everybody who had a department to have a lot of say in how their departments were going to be, because it was going to be their home,” says Sanderson. “From the flow of linen coming in, to the trash being taken out, we poured over every detail, including the floor.”
To learn more, read our project brief about Mountain States Health Alliance DBA Johnson City Medical Center