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The Benefits of Wall Protection

Hospitals can never escape the inevitable; the constant maintenance to walls. In busy environments such as a hospital, wall damage is a continual issue. Doors and plaster board walls can easily be damaged, be it scrapes and knocks as people pass, or more serious dents and holes caused by wheeled traffic. Not only does this lead to ongoing maintenance costs but it can create a breeding ground for bacteria.
It is good for your business to invest in a long-term solution with low maintenance, less cleaning and fewer repairs. Below are 5 benefits of choosing Altro Whiterock wall protection:
Ensuring A Hygienic Environment

The American Institute of Architects recommends that wall finishes should be free of fissures, open joints or crevices that may retain or permit the passage of dirt and particles. These areas can retain moisture and provide a breeding ground for bacteria. Bacteria are roughly 80-90% water and require moisture to obtain nutrients and grow. Installing Altro Whiterock, an impervious, fully bonded wall sheet, ensures that minimal moisture is present.

UK National Health Service (NHS) standards state that while antimicrobial-impregnated products (such as surface coatings, paints and curtains) and antimicrobial materials are available, there are, at present, no definitive data to support their efficacy in reducing healthcare-associated infection.

Altro Whiterock’s internal and external angles are thermoformed on site, avoiding the need for unsightly corner trims which are potential dirt traps and difficult to clean. Thermoformed corners and angles provide a much more hygienic surface than the grouted joints associated with tiles, which require an aggressive cleaning regime. Thermoformed corners maintain the same level of impact resistance as the standard product, which is particularly important as corners tend to receive most knocks.

We have designed a fully integrated system to make cleaning and maintenance easier for you. Altro Whiterock creates a fully integrated, watertight and fully sealed environment giving bacteria nowhere to hide. No gaps or rough edges, just a smooth, uninterrupted surface – even around plug sockets, light switches and corners.
Don't Let Maintenance Control Your Budget

Consider that a hospital has 90 ensuites servicing 360 beds and the savings in time and cost add up significantly. This solution means the Hospital gets their long awaited refurbishment and minimise down time, lost revenue and of course disruption to their patients.
  • Issue- Cost and inconvenience through downtime of refurbishing ensuites
  • Cost per day- $12,000
  • Cost per ensuite for Altro floor and wall package $5,700
  • Savings based on ensuite being operation two days earlier than other options $18,300
  • Savings achieved across 90 ensuites $1,647,000
Minimise downtime and closure of wards
Wall protection systems are designed to minimise the risk of damage caused by bumps, scratches, marks and dints from wheelchairs, beds and trolleys. Puncture holes and deep gouges into the walls require regular filling, sanding and painting. The repair process can take 4 days or more, often requiring the whole wall to be re-painted, causing much disruption to patient care.
The reason many hospitals put off refurbishments is they had not found any solution to avoid lengthy shut downs. An Altro wall solution has proven to be one to two days quicker than any other refurbishment process they have considered.
Keeping It Clean

Our hygienic wall protection has impermeable surfaces which are easy to keep clean. With regular cleaning and maintenance using traditional solutions, Altro walls do not allow bacteria to hide and grow.
With the addition of Altro Whiterock hygienic doorsets, it creates a fully sealed room. It’s so tough, you can power wash all surfaces if you want to and not cause surface damage that can lead to bacterial growth.
Close The Gaps In Quality

Irresponsible installation of walling solutions can cause serious problems. Tile manufacturers specify that both water resistant adhesives and epoxy grouts should be used. It’s not easy to ascertain whether they have been used until, of course, it’s too late. With the impervious surface of Altro Whiterock, what you see is what you get.

All of Altro's Whiterock wall sheet installers are trained to Altro’s high standards. So you can rest assured that you’re in expert hands from start to finish.

Unfortunately, it’s not something you can rely on when specifying ceramic tiles. Figures published by the Ceramic Tile Federation reveal that up to 65% of all tile installations are fixed incorrectly.
Posted: 7/07/2017 12:51:42 AM by Catherine Andreopoulos | with 0 comments

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