Healthcare facilities such as hospitals, medical and dental practices or laboratories must naturally comply with strict hygiene regulations. As a result of the current pandemic caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus, the expectations of employees and visitors regarding the cleanliness and sterility of surface materials have increased even more. LG Hausys has produced a brochure to support the planning of these highly sensitive facilities, listing the benefits of the material to the healthcare sector and providing inspiration for planners and architects with numerous existing projects.
Materials used for healthcare facilities must comply with the highest standards. With its smooth, non-porous surface, the LG Hausys HI-MACS material meets all hygiene and functionality requirements. Due to the special surface and the ability to manufacture the material without any visible joints, dirt, mould, bacteria and viruses can be effectively prevented from attaching and spreading. Thanks to the extreme durability of the solid surface material, surface scratches are extremely unlikely. Minor signs of wear can be simply removed using a common sponge or cloth. Should repair works become necessary, they can be carried out quickly and without much effort, minimising repair and maintenance cost in the long term.
HI-MACS is strong enough to withstand even the most aggressive cleaning agents used to clean sensitive areas such as operating rooms. The material can be subjected to cleaning processes with virucidal disinfectants used to kill viruses such as SARS-CoV-2 or HIV. Therefore – HI-MACS is the most resistant solid surface on the market when following the ECDC* cleaning protocols. In addition to its hygienic cleaning possibilities, the material itself is also free from toxic or harmful substances like formaldehyde or nanoparticles. This is reflected in awards such as the Greenguard Gold Indoor Air Quality certificate.
Thanks to these properties, HI-MACS can be used in many different areas of the healthcare sector:
Nurses’ stations and reception counters, patient and waiting room furniture, laundry rooms and sanitary facilities, operating room surfaces, doors, cafeteria and kitchen equipment as well as internal and external signage. The solid surface material offers architects and planners extensive creative freedom. Its thermoformability allows HI-MACS to be moulded into almost any imaginable shape, facilitating extraordinary designs with tight bends and organic forms – attractive in an otherwise sterile environment. An extensive colour range – elegant to extravagant, classical to modern – helps designers and planners finding the suitable colours for their projects. In combination with precisely positioned light sources, translucent pastel shades offer endless possibilities to create spectacular design highlights. The result is a hospital, practice or laboratory environment that ensures the wellbeing of patients, staff and visitors, contributing to better staff performance and supporting the recovery process of patients.