For more than 40 years, Tandus Flooring has served the healthcare market segment with floorcovering products that offer a fit-for-purpose solution. We are uniquely positioned to serve the needs of specialized healthcare applications.
Whether in hospitals, clinics and medical office buildings, or assisted living and skilled nursing facilities, we have product solution for that environment. By utilizing an Evidence-Based design approach, we provide the fit-for-purpose solution most suitable for each application.
- Moisture Impermeable
- No Antimicrobials (Pesticides)
- Improved Indoor Air Quality
- Safety and Comfort
- Roller Mobility
Powerbond® is constructed with a closed-cell cushion thermoplastic, creating an impermeable layer or wall-to-wall moisture barrier between the nylon surface and the subfloor. For those environments that are subject to spills (or even flooding) or require wet-extraction cleaning, Powerbond is the most widely recommended type of flooring.
No microbial growth
Microorganisms, such as mold or mildew, require moisture and a food source to survive. With traditional carpets, liquids can be absorbed and flow through to the subfloor, where it is virtually impossible to remove the contaminants. Powerbond, the impermeable wall-to-wall moisture barrier prevents flow-through and absorption and keeps spills on the surface for easy clean up. Clean and dry surfaces do not promote microbial growth.
Soil and Stain Resistance
Most soil and liquid stains can be removed with an appropriate cleaning agent – at least temporarily. However, with products that have flow-through backings, many stains may “reappear” after cleaning due to wick-back—when liquids are absorbed into the secondary backing; only the surface fiber is cleaned. The moisture barrier construction of Powerbond keeps any liquid spills on the surface where they can be totally removed, thus eliminating the possibility of wick-back.
No antimicrobial additives
Tandus Flooring does not add antimicrobial treatments to its products. Antimicrobial treatments used in carpets are EPA-registered pesticides and the CDC reports that there is no epidemiological evidence to substantiate health benefits of antimicrobial additives. We do offer the best warranty coverage against damage from microbial growth without the use of pesticides. For more information, visit Tandus.com or ask your Tandus Flooring account executive for the antimicrobial white paper.
“It is our considered opinion that due to the unproven benefits of antimicrobial health care finishes and fabrics such as paint, carpet, ceiling tile, privacy curtains and patient gowns, coupled with their increased cost and potential environmental concerns, these products do not recommend themselves for use in health care facilities for the purpose of greater infection prevention and control.” Antimicrobial Position Paper, Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Inc.
Research has shown that noise and sleep interruption may cause a number of negative results in patients in hospitals:
- Elevated blood pressure and stress levels,
- Development of cardiovascular disease
- Longer healing process and hospital stays and ower satisfaction ratings.
- In premature newborns, loud or startling noises increase heart and respiration rates, decreases oxygen saturation, lowers weight gain and impairs sleep.
Quieter environments have been shown to improve staff satisfaction and morale, a critical issue as trends indicate the growing shortage of nurses. Additional studies show the reduction of medical errors in environments with less noise and distractions. Noise can be measured by utilizing ASTM C-423 to determine the Noise Reduction Coefficient (NRC). By analyzing the decay rate of sound in a test chamber, noise absorption properties can be measured and compared for various finish materials.
Powerbond products have an average NRC rating of 0.13 – 0.22 (vs. 0 for hard surfaces). Powerbond’s closed-cell construction helps to reduce reverberation times up to 25% in an unoccupied room.
The average person spends about 90% of their time indoors, even more should they require an extended stay in a hospital or long-term care facility. Therefore, indoor air quality plays a significant role in creating a healthy, healing indoor environment. Powerbond can help improve and maintain indoor air quality in a number of ways.
- Simple and inexpensive maintenance procedures (frequent vacuuming and occasional wet extraction) that minimize the use of cleaning chemicals
- Powerbond compares favorably to VCT. VCT requires the extensive use of chemicals (urethane-based wax and stripping agents) which result in high levels of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and airborne particulates from burnishing. The nylon fiber surface of Powerbond is a permanent wear layer that requires no finishes.
Regardless of the floorcovering, a certain amount of airborne particulates (dust) will enter a building. The surface of Powerbond acts as a filter or “sink” to trap particulates until they can be removed by vacuuming. Hard surface floorcoverings, by comparison, show higher airborne particulate concentrations as they are stirred up by walking traffic, air circulation (heating and air conditioning) and maintenance such as sweeping.
Data shows that there are approximately 1.8 million fall-related injuries annually that are severe enough for medical attention, while there are over 15,000 fall-related fatalities among people 65 years and older. Falls are the leading cause of accidental death and non-fatal injuries among older adults. Many people who fall, even those who are not injured, develop a fear of falling.
To reduce slips and falls, surfaces with the appropriate Coefficient of Friction (COF) should be selected. The COF of Powerbond combined with its closed-cell cushion construction, helps to reduce slips, as well as injuries due to falls. Powerbond products, when properly installed, comply with ADA guidelines, assisting with patient and resident ambulation.
ERGONOMICS / COMFORT
Powerbond’s closed-cell cushion construction can contribute to better ergonomic conditions for patients, residents and staff. Research conducted by the University of Pittsburgh examined the effects of floorcovering on leg muscle activity, fatigue and comfort while walking.
Many hard surfaces used in healthcare facilities have a shiny, slick look that can cause glare and lead to disorientation, particularly with elderly patients. Floors may appear wet and slippery, creating artificial barriers or “passive restraints” that limit patients and residents from walking (exercise) and socialization. Alzheimer’s and dementia patients may be especially affected. The soft surface of Powerbond eliminates reflective glare to create a more soothing view.
It is important to use a holistic approach when making decisions regarding roller mobility. While hard surfaces may have an advantage in rollability compared to soft surfaces, other issues such as acoustics, safety, glare and ergonomics should be considered. The face of a soft surface should be low, dense and level, and the cushion system should be as firm as possible. Powerbond Medfloor was developed to enhance rollability while offering the benefits of soft surface. The use of large wheels on rolling equipment will also help to reduce the effort required to initiate and maintain movement.