Supporting the Healthcare Community
"Hospital Engineer? No, I’m really a diplomat.”
Paolo, Hospital Engineer
Visualise to Reach Consensus
Reconciling pleasing, human design with the multitude of conflicting priorities and requirements is a delicate balancing act. “The best, most durable, easy-to-clean flooring that fits in the budget and meets hospital flooring standards… But it has got to look good too!”
Make it a little easier to get everyone on the same page by previewing your spaces with the right products.
"My Job? Long-term solutions on tight deadlines."
Adele, Healthcare Architect
Collaboration and expertise to overcome challenges
For the Children's Hospital in Helsinki, creating a welcoming, healing environment meant finding creative ways to answer practical and human challenges. Working with an expert partner from the start opens up a world of possibilities and helps you meet your deadlines faster.
"I'm a hospital cleaner, and a COVID fighter."
Henry, Hospital Cleaner
Infection Control and Flooring Choices
Sanitising hospital floors and surfaces isn’t only about disinfection. In the long run, the overuse of disinfectants, biocides, antibacterial vinyl, etc… may contribute to the development of superbugs without significantly improving hygiene. Instead, the focus should be on using the right cleaning protocols and products, choosing the right techniques at the right frequency.
“My mission? To save time for those who can’t spare it.”
Youssef, Facility Manager
Excellence Genius Loose-lay Flooring: Time Saved
Renovations and repairs shut down an area for the duration. In a healthcare or hospital setting, this can mean less beds on a ward or no access to a critical medical facility, which may not be possible. So never underestimate the importance of swift, reliable installation when choosing vinyl flooring for your hospital or medical clinic.
Create Healing Environments
Enhancing the Patient & Staff Experience
A soothing, restful environment is essential to healing. The importance of physical comfort and quiet are well known, but what about the less well-known psychological factors that are often greatly influenced by design.
Medical and hospital staff quality of life at work can also greatly be influenced. Reducing the feeling of “institutionality”, improving orientation and spatial awareness, and visual comfort are just a few of the ways good design can transform the healthcare environment.
Designing Efficient and Cost-Effective Buildings
An efficient and cost-effective building must first of all be fit for purpose. For hospital or clinic floors, this means smooth and easy to clean floors, of course, but also low-slip and easy to move rolling loads over. Durability, cleanability and maintnance is another winning combination. The truth is, acquisition and installation typically represent only 10% of a floor’s lifetime cost. The other 90% are down to maintenance. So long-lasting, low-maintenance floors can really affect the bottom line.
Promoting Health and Sustainability
“If you want to build to last, think long-term.” There’s no way around it. A medical or care facility is going to impact people’s lives and environment for decades, which is why it is so important to promote the health not just of patients, but of carers and staff too, by ensuring better air quality, for example. Contributing to sustainability comes in many forms too, including an overall reduction of hospital carbon footprint, durability and material efficiency as well as recyclability and reusability.
Hospital Flooring Solutions
A solution for Every Space
In a healthcare environment, different areas and facilities have sometimes very different requirements. There are many factors to consider, safety and infection control to maintenance and traffic volume. We have taken some of the complexity out of the process by creating pre-selections from our ranges based on the requirements of each area.
3 ways to face cost pressure in Hospitals with a long-term perspective
Healthcare management teams and staff need to cope with strong cost pressure in their day-to-day activities. Facing this challenge is crucial to stay up to speed in a very competitive sector.
4 challenges facing the European Healthcare Sector
These challenges are all very diverse, from improving patient experience to maintaining high levels of hygiene or optimizing the budget while ensuring a high quality of service and staff. Here are some of the main challenges commonly faced by Hospital or Healthcare facility Managers and Staff, and how Tarkett can help deal with these challenges.
The importance of infection control and flooring choices for healthy spaces
The Covid 19 crisis has underlined the importance of hygiene and cleaning protocols for preventing transmission of the virus. It has also highlighted how infection prevention and control (IPC) is essential in healthcare settings to stop infections and antimicrobial resistance.
iQ Natural: a flooring range that's true to nature
Our future is sustainable, and finding eco-friendly carbon-neutral solutions that meet the high standards of healthcare is one of the challenges of the job. Discover the iQ Natural range to be close to nature in every way, from colour choices to sustainaibility, with no compromise on efficiency.
Explore challenges and stakes of the hospital of the future
We asked experts from across healthcare and studied the literature to identify the challenges, opportunities and trends that will shape the hospital of the future. Technology, epidemiology, societal shifts… Find out what we learned in our informative white paper The Hospital of the Future: Challenges and Stakes.