Furniture, Finish and Equipment Specifications:
We evaluate and provide appropriate specifications of all furniture, finishes, fixtures and equipment in the project that detail the life safety codes and standards for flammability, infection control, toxicity, and slip resistance, sustainability, lifecycle costs and organizational performance improvement goals.
Key evaluation features:
Goal 1) Easy to maintain, repair, and clean. Does not support microbial growth; Nonporous and smooth; Seamless
Goal 2: Reduce patient falls and associated injuries
Chair seat height is adjustable.
Chair has armrests.
Space beneath the chair supports foot position changes.
Chair seat posterior tilt angle and seat back recline facilitate patient egress.
Chairs are sturdy, stable, and cannot be easily tipped over.
Rolling furniture includes locking rollers or casters.
Chairs have no sharp or hard edges that can injure patients who fall or trip.
Goal 3: Decrease medication errors
Lighting fixtures should provide 90-150 foot candle illumination and an adjustable 50-watt high intensity task lamp for furniture with built-in lighting that is used in a medication safety zone.
Furniture is configurable to create a sense of privacy to minimize visual distractions and interruptions from sound and noise during medication transcription, preparation, dispensing, and administration activities.
Goal 4: Improve communication and social support for patients and family members. Furniture can be configured into small flexible groupings that are easily adjusted to accommodate a varying numbers of individuals in a variety of healthcare settings.
Wide-size and age variations are supported.
Acoustic and visual patient privacy are supported.
Goal 5: Decrease patient, family member, and staff stress and fatigue. Materials suggest a link to nature.
Appearance is attractive and non-institutional.
Furniture is tested for safe and comfortable use by all, including obese individuals.
Goal 6: Improve staff effectiveness, efficiency, and communication
Furniture is easily adjustable to individual worker’s ergonomic needs. Design enables care coordination and information sharing.
Materials are sound absorbing.
Goal 7: Improve environmental safety
Materials do not contain volatile organic compounds (VOC), such as formaldehyde, benzene, heavy metals including mercury, cadmium, lead, antimony hexavalent chromium in plated finishes
Stain and non-stick treatments derived from per-fluorinated compounds (PFCs), added antimicrobial treatments and persistent bio-accumulative toxic chemicals (PBTs).
Goal 8: Represent the best investment
Reflect and reinforce the organizational mission, strategic goals, and brand. Integrate new with existing furniture and objects for facility renovation projects.
Pieces can be flexibly reconfigured and moved to support changing and emerging missions.
Provide casters or glides to reduce floor damage.
Check that there are no hard protuberances that may damage walls; check chair rail heights.
Manufacturer provides results of safety and durability testing.
Manufacturer describes the specific evidence that has been used to design the product.
Manufacturer includes a warranty appropriate to use, such as furniture used all day, every day.
Replacement parts are available.
Repairs can be done in the healthcare facility.
Manufacturer or local dealer can assist with furniture repair and refurbishing.
Environmental services (housekeeping) staff can easily maintain furniture.
A blanket purchasing agreement may be negotiated can be used when purchasing furniture.