According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), approximately one in 31 acute care patients acquires an infection during their stay. These findings are alarming and have triggered an urgency to address the issues surrounding patient acquired infections. Facilities managers and infection control practitioners (ICPs) are aware of how bacteria and mold grow in/on horizontal and vertical surfaces. It wasn't until recently that sinks, countertops and wall cladding were studied as potential sites for the spread of disease.
Plastic laminate finishes on healthcare casework and wall cladding have seams and exposed edges that can harbor bacteria. Laminate substrate is usually particle board. While it is dense and may appear to be non-absorbent, it is porous and will absorb moisture over time. Wet wood will harbor bacteria, especially Aspergillus fungi, MRSA.
A solution to these problems can be found by utilizing solid surface which inherently inhibits bacterial growth. By creating a seamless, nonporous surface where pathogens can’t grow, Welnest products can help with control issues and maintenance. Welnest products can survive the impacts, nicks and cuts that ruin most wall surfaces. Our products are renewable, repairable and reusable. If the solid surface is damaged it can be repaired onsite, saving labor costs and resources. At Welnest we are improving patient outcomes by providing healing spaces.