Modular electronic lock

Schlage allows healthcare security professionals to choose the specific electronic lock they need with confidence that it can be later upgraded without ever taking it off the door. The modular design lets users adapt to new technologies easily, whether changing credential technologies or networking capabilities. Without replacing the lock, users can upgrade readers and network modules to go from an offline to networked solution, change their credentials at any time and use future innovative technologies as they emerge. With its open Architecture platform, the AD-Series integrates with Schlage or third party software and can leverage existing network infrastructure.

Microbial-resistant fabric protection

INCASE has introduced fabric protection powered by Crypton, a stain-, odor-, and microbial-resistant treatment that works for cubical curtains, top of bed, task seating, and just about anywhere that a moisture barrier isn't necessary. It's not only a certified green product but also protects designs from stains, odors, and germs.

High-velocity air hand dryer

Powered by the Dyson digital motor, two high-velocity sheets of air work like a windshield wiper to scrape water from hands. Dyson's technology not only dries hands in 12 seconds, it is the only hand dryer to use a HEPA filter, cleaning the air before touching your hands. During a trial period in public bathroom areas, the Dyson Airblade hand dryer received immediate positive feedback. Significant “control of infection” advantages were identified over traditional hot air hand dryers and paper towels. Hospital staff also noticed that toilets weren't becoming blocked with paper towels, making the washroom safer and more hygienic.

High-performance sleeper sofa

David Edward introduces the Grand Island Sleeper Sofa, a high-performance sleeper sofa developed for the specific needs of the healthcare community. This product's features allow a multitude of custom options for maximum versatility in a variety of stylistic and functional settings.

Public healthcare seating

The Cooper Midland by SPEC Furniture has an elegant new design with a residential feel and warmth. Ruggedly built with extensive environmental considerations and value priced, Midland further expands the growing Cooper Collection of public seating from Spec Furniture, with six designs, multiple planning formats, bariatric and highback patient options.

Prefabricated roofing-system

Since 1978, Duro-Last Roofing, Inc. has manufactured a prefabricated, single-ply roofing system that is suitable for any commercial or industrial (flat or low-sloped) application. Extremely durable and easily installed without disruption to daily operations, the Duro-Last roofing system is also leak-proof, energy-efficient, resistant to high winds, and virtually maintenance-free.

Healthcare HDTV

LG Electronics offers the LG3DCH series HD televisions. Fitting into a facility's vision in establishing exceptional patient and visitor care, UL hospital grade listed, LG's LG3DCH series combines sleek style with advanced technologies which enhances high-definition viewing. Features include pillow speaker port, bed1/bed2 remote capability, and a built-in ATSC/NTSC/Clear QAM tuner.

Eco-friendly flooring

As Lonseal's foremost eco-friendly product, Loneco is composed of 50% recycled content and features exclusive GreenAir technology that reduces VOC emissions and contributes to superior indoor air quality. Greenguard-certified, Loneco is a suitable flooring choice for interior, healthcare, retail, commercial, or institutional spaces. Lonseal's longtime proactive approach to improving the manufacturing process of its versatile surfacing products has made it a driving force in the sustainable surfacing industry. Lonseal offers a full range of colors and textures.

Cubicle and privacy curtains

Integra Fabrics introduces their newest line of cubicle/privacy curtains. The fresh, modern collection consists of six new patterns each offering four to five color variations. The designs were created to lend a healing and soothing aesthetic value to the rooms as well as serve its function. The fabrics are 100% inherently FR polyester and 72″ in width. Custom colors and patterns can be created, as well to meet every designer's and facility's inspiration.

Single and multiple public seating

Trendway Healthcare Portfolio furnishings are tailored to meet the needs of healthcare and hospitality environments. From clinical applications to public spaces, Portfolio products offer quality, design, and function. The collection includes single and multiple public seating, bariatric, pediatric and patient room seating, recliners, sleepers, occasional tables, and overbed tables.

Custom vision panels

Vistamatic, an international designer and manufacturer of observation window systems, has partnered with OSF St. Francis Hospital and Medical Group in Michigan to supply custom panels for installation in patient room sliding doors as part of a multimillion dollar renovation of their Emergency Department. The discrete observation and minimal disruption offered by Vistamatic vision panels is vital for this project according to David Lord, vice-president of Operations.

PVC-free polyurethane surface

CBC (AMERICA) introduces the redesigned WELS Sheet from CERES PVC-Free Flooring. Meeting demand for PVC-free products, CERES developed a nonporous, cross-linked reinforced polyurethane wear surface. The result is a seamless sheet flooring, offering environmental and maintenance benefits in 28 trend-setting colors.

Laptop mobile cart

Answering the need for mobility, portability, and flexibility, Mediamounts Ltd. has designed and engineered the new height-adjustable HALT70 laptop mobile cart. Its small footprint delivers stability and effortless movement in confined areas, while integrating a full keyboard and battery storage.

Energy-efficient cogeneration plants

Z&F Consulting specializes in energy-efficient cogeneration plants for the healthcare industry and has revolutionized the application of energy production on site for hospital campuses. It's a green solution that actually pays a monetary dividend to the Owner, immediately having an impact on reducing healthcare costs.

Overbed tables

Hill-Rom, a market leader in patient room furniture, is pleased to announce the release of a new line of overbed tables. Our new overbed table was designed to be highly configurable ensuring that this product can be used throughout all segments in the facility. The design ensures the fit/function under the beds and throughout the patient room, with significant efforts on controlling infection through the use of hygiene wipes at the bed side.

Interior shutter system

The PolyTEC Interior Shutter System is a technologically advanced window covering system. The system features sustainability, recyclability, and serviceability. The shutters are GREENGUARD certified with a silver ionization antimicrobial lifetime finish, certified flame retardant (NFPA 701, ASTM E-85), 100% moisture resistant, do not absorb odors and are enhanced inhibitors to eliminate smoke and toxicity. The co-extrusion manufacturing process provides strength and easy maintenance. PolyTEC shutters contain baked-on water-based paint (lead free).

Recycled VCT flooring

Vinyl Institute recognizes that billions of pounds of flooring are discarded each year in America's landfills. Smart product design and technology investment have enabled Mannington to launch the industry's most progressive Vinyl Composition Tile (VCT) into a VCT recycling program. Mannington Commercial's premium VCT products now contain 25% post-consumer recycled content.

Vinyl flooring tiles

Saga2 vinyl flooring tiles by Gerflor have an acoustic backing made of vinyl and cork and comes in wood, mineral, textile, and natural designs in gray, beige, and blue colors. It is treated with Gerflor's patented Sanosol to help deter the growth of harmful bacteria or fungi, while the patented Protecsol dramatically reduces maintenance and increases its resistance to stains. Saga2 has resistance to static and dynamic indentations and provides comfort underfoot while reducing impact noise up to 15dB. It gives the comfort of an acoustic tile with the resistance of a compact tile and is 100% recyclable at the end of life cycle.

Architectural-grade lighting fixtures

Luraline Lighting presents the Helos series of architectural-grade fixtures for interior and exterior healthcare applications. Helos is offered in pendant, ceiling, and wall-mount configurations, with the latest in energy-efficient light sources, including electronically ballasted compact fluorescent and HID. Luraline lighting is available in an extensive new spectrum of “244 Colors,” including the Luraline Palette of more than 50 smooth, textured, and metallic powder-coat finishes, plus the collection of classic RAL colors and custom color matching.

Spill- and stain-resistant fabrics

The Simpatico Collection from Mayer Fabrics is comprised of nine textiles compatible in both color and stylish simplicity. These elegant fabrics feature environmentally friendly Nano-Tex for permanent spill and stain resistance bonded into the fiber structure. They are also available with Nano-Tex plus Durablock, a new performance technology that laminates a durable liquid barrier to a textile treated with Nano-Tex. The Simpatico Collection has functional, design-driven products.

Entrance mats and grids

C/S Group's Pedisystems architectural entrance mats and grids are now available with three new insert options. Designers can now specify environmentally-friendly recycled rubber inserts in 70 colorways, FSC-certified wood inserts including teak, IPE, bamboo, and cork. Pedisystems can now include any custom hard-backed carpet you specify. The industry's finest architectural grid, PediTred, now carries MBDC Cradle to Cradle Silver Certification.

Ecologically safe fabrics

Victor Group is a textile manufacturer with a history of sustainable manufacturing practices. Victor's Eco Intelligence philosophy was created to guide the entire chain of operations in the development of ecologically safe products including fabrics for the healthcare industry.

Decorative panels

Móz Designs introduces Móz Tides, decorative aluminum panels ready to install in public areas, such as corporate centers, resorts, restaurants, lounges, and clubs. The Móz Tides “kit in a box” features hand-etched and single-curved rolled 16-gauge aluminum panels (.063” thick), along with mounting hardware and step-by-step instructions. No special tools are required. Kits contain both concave and convex panels to create a floating effect, rising approximately 3 7/8″ off the wall. Panels can be mounted horizontally or vertically, are available in 4-foot and 5-foot lengths and can accommodate any wall size or scale. Environmentally-friendly, Móz Tides aluminum panels contain 80% post-industrial recycled aluminum and they contribute to LEED 2.0 MR Credit 4 - Recycled Content.

Wayfinding signage

Star Signs has completed a new signage and wayfinding project for the University of Kansas Medical Center's new Cancer Center in Kansas City, Kansas. The University of Kansas Cancer Center is one of Kansas City area's primary facilities in the development of the area as a national biosciences hub. Star Signs fabricated and installed multiple signage pieces for the facility including outdoor entry signage, parking garage signage, internal wayfinding signage, and a donor board. Star Signs is currently working on additional projects for Children's Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri, and Atchison Hospital in Atchison, Kansas.

Privacy curtains

On The Right Track Systems, Inc., offers a new privacy curtain. The curtains can be removed in less than one minute, do not require the use of a ladder for removal or replacement, can be installed directly into your existing track, and operate on patented silent glide rails.

Antimicrobial door hardware

Developed by PMX Industries, MicroGuard door pulls and pull plates are predrilled and supplied with attachment hardware. The MicroGuard door is made of EPA-registered MicroGuard antimicrobial alloys. The door hardware can kill 99.9% of disease-causing bacteria including MRSA. Unlike stainless steel, MicroGuard materials are both fingerprint and stain resistant. Approved for door hardware, hand rails, countertops, and other touch surfaces in hospitals, schools, and other public buildings, MicroGuard continuously reduces bacterial contamination that cause hospital- and community-acquired infections.

Children's wall coverings

Wacky Wallscapes provides high-quality, children's-themed custom wall coverings from its vast library of unique and high resolution artwork. The vinyl-based durable material is designed to meet strict healthcare requirements. It can be cleaned and disinfected, is mildew resistant, and also contains an Early Warning Effect formulation for early detection of a potential fire.

Nylon upholstery

CF Stinson introduces pattern “Rolling Stones,” part of a new collection of solution-dyed nylon upholstery fabrics for healthcare. These new fabrics can be cleaned with diluted bleach solutions and feature durability and soil and stain protection.

Patient server

CoreSTOR Patient Server by Spacesaver Corp. is designed to put 80% of the most frequently used supplies for patient care ten steps from the bedside. This allows a decentralized nurse station right into each patient's room, equips nurses to spend less time “hunting and gathering” and more time caring for patients, reduces traffic through the patient room by stocking supplies from outside the room, minimizes patient exposure and interruptions, optimizes the floor plan and patient-room design, and yields more usable space, maximizes cost per square foot.

Waterfall panels

Harmonic Environments' Harmonic Cascade can be crafted to any dimension in a single, seamless panel. Water flows through a translucent steel framework, producing an effect of luminous water suspended in air. Harmonic Cascade can be used to define spaces, creating a focal point or soothing areas for privacy and reflection. This series of waterfalls can be used as a surface for light-projected logos, images, or messages.

Infection control centers

HealthFIRST Infection Control Centers developed by Peter Pepper Products encourage the use of personal protection products while reducing the risk of cross contamination in facilities anywhere. Wall-mounted, free-standing, and mobile cart models provide dispensers for sanitizer, masks, tissues, gloves and gowns. Optional poster holders for health-related messages, magazine/literature racks and trash receptacles available. The Centers are manufactured in steel in a wide range of colors and wood-trim finishes, with custom configurations available.

Charting station seating

BioFit's 1Y series seating features a wall-mountable pivoting arm, allowing it to swing out of the way when not in use and stay put when it is. A space-saving alternative to traditional seating, it's available in many configurations and upholstery options, and backed by a 13-year warranty, making it a smart long-term investment.

Lighting sconces

The organic series from Peachtree features ADA-compliant sconces with LED, CFL, for incandescent lamping in MRI suites. Three layers of birch, cherry or walnut woods are available, with a choice of exotic woods to design a functional and beautiful “art piece”. The five standard styles are 13″ x 13″ or a single 6.5″ x 10″ (LED only).

Healthcare Design 2009 October;9(10):58-63