How do you choose the cabinets to use in a healthcare environment? Before you answer this question, you should understand what you expect of your healthcare cabinets. Healthcare cabinetry requirements usually include chemical, moisture, heat, bacterial and impact resistance. Let’s add one more requirement; Cabinetry must possess timeless aesthetics. To genuinely understand which cabinets will meet your healthcare requirements you have to understand who is designing and who is fabricating the cabinets as well as what the cabinets are made of. A sensational cabinet begins with well-engineered parts, made with exceptional material and by extraordinary people.
If the cabinet will rarely be used and aesthetics are of no concern, Melamine cabinets with laminate tops will suffice. Melamine cabinets are susceptible to moisture damage and certainly should not be used in healthcare environments. Solid wood cabinets expand and contract notably and require high maintenance. For this reason, solid wood cabinets should not be used in healthcare environments. Plywood sheets are wood veneer glued together with the wood grain rotated 90 degrees for each sheet. While better than melamine, solid wood and plywood are not resistant to the moisture, heat, chemicals and bacteria found in most healthcare environments. MDF is wood fiber combined with resin and dried under pressure. MDF cabinets are slightly resistant to moisture, but are not resistant to heat. MDF cabinets are used in healthcare environments usually with plastic laminate parts. Once the cabinets are chipped or start to delaminate, the wood substrate is exposed and bacterial will begin to grow.
The common material that makes up most traditional healthcare cabinets is wood. Wood absorbs moisture and is a great medium for bacterial growth. While most cabinets are clad with a plastic laminate; chemicals, heat, impacts and moisture will expose the wood substrate and bacteria will thrive. What if we stop using wood in our healthcare cabinets?
Just as there are major advancements in the technology of healthcare procedures, there have been advancements in the technology of healthcare cabinetry. When was the last time you saw a surgical scalpel with a wooden handle? Wood does not have to be the substrate for healthcare cabinets. Solid Surface cabinets with a proprietary core are Welnest. Welnest cabinets are made of a non-porous material that is resistant to moisture, heat, chemicals, impacts and bacteria. This helps reduce healthcare acquired infections (HAI). Our cabinets will not delaminate or peel. Welnest cabinets are not just striking to look at; they are clean, cool, smooth and durable. Our cabinets have been designed by a team of people that has decades of experience with healthcare casework, millwork and solid surfaces. Welnest designers and fabricators take pride in every cabinet, every sink, every wall and every healthy environment we produce.