Standards Program

Their are several advantages to creating a facility standards program. Standards will synergize and reinforce a consistent brand for your facility; saving you time and money. A standards program may allow you. based on volume, the ability to negotiate a tier, cost savings blanket purchasing agreement that enables ease of ordering without the necessity for inventory management and space allocation within your facility. It may allow you the ability to better manage capital expenditures and depreciation.

We will work with your facilities’ key stakeholders, safety compliance, infection control, facility and environmental maintenance departments to develop a comprehensive standards program.

Key elements of consideration include:

Goal 1
Ease of maintenance, repair, and cleaning.
Does not support microbial growth; Nonporous and smooth; Seamless
  
Goal 2:
Reduces slips falls and associated injuries; Ergonomic.
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 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 those who fall or trip.
 
Goal 3:
Decrease errors
Lighting fixtures should provide clean, bright light with 90-150 foot candle illumination and a built-in, high intensity, adjustable 50-watt for casework and furniture as in a medication zone.

Furniture is configurable to create a sense of privacy and to minimize visual distractions and interruptions from sound and noise during medication transcription, preparation, dispensing, administration activities and respite zones.

Goal 4:
Flexible and improves communication and social support for staff, 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 and environmental 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 and includes bariatric seating.
 
Goal 6:
Ergonomic; Improves staff comfort, efficiency, and communication
Reduces injury such as back and repetitive stress/carpal tunnel.
Furniture is easily adjustable to the correct configuration for appropriate ergonomic use.
Design enables care coordination and information sharing.
Materials are durable and 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:
Represents the best value for the 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 churn and varied functionality.

Casters or glides are provided to reduce floor damage.

Product has no hard protuberances that may damage individuals or walls.

Clean outs in furniture where appropriate.

Manufacturer provides Material Safety Data Sheets.

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 staff can easily maintain furniture.

A blanket purchasing agreement may be negotiated, providing a significant cost savings. Furniture may ordered as needed without the necessity for onsite storage.

Products are sustainable and certified through third party testing.