Why do healthcare facilities need microbicidal paints

July 29, 2020
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Why do healthcare facilities need microbicidal paints

What are Microbicidal Paints?

Microbicidal compounds can deliberately destroy a large variety of microscopic organisms, including bacteria and other microorganisms that cause infection. For example Sherwin-Williams Paint Shield Microbicidal Paint, the first paint registered with EPA that destroys more than 99.9 percent of bacteria, including Staph, MRSA, E. Coli, VRE and Enterobacter aerogenes over a painted surface within two hours of exposure. Painting Experts in Connecticut recommend healthcare facilities to use this kind of microbicidal paints because of the following reasons:

Reduced Risk of Healthcare-Associated Infections (HAI)

Healthcare-Associated Infections pose a persistent risk to any patient. The most popular among these are staph and various enterobacteria. While there are several possible vectors of healthcare-associated infections and no microbicidal painting can account for them all, reducing the presence of any of these is a valuable step forward.

Particularly intubated patients are at high risk of healthcare-associated infections which can be very serious, so a lower load of staph bacteria in the environment can help protect them. Microbicidal paints are a valuable addition to hand washing and other sanitary protocols in both public and staff-only rooms.

Better Safety for Health Care Providers

Microbicidal paints serve as an added safety net which protects those in close contact with patients who are not well. In a crisis situation, this can make a difference between health and illness for a nurse, physician, or other staff members of the facility.

Although there are no statistics about how many annual infections these paints can prevent, we know that the infection is dependent on microbial load and duration of exposure. Because healthcare providers in most cases are unable to minimize the exposure period, these paints are a valuable way to reduce microbial load.

Higher Error Margin for Your HVAC System

As the HVAC system becomes less efficient, air filters are no longer as effective in filtering microbial particles. Particles can be spread through ventilation.

Unfortunately, identifying when an HVAC system no longer operates at maximum capacity also needs indirect indications, such as increased electrical usage, which suggests that the system is working harder. This could often be overlooked. 

Microbicidal paints help the efforts to keep them out of circulation by removing bacteria on various surfaces. So you are going to have more time to recognize and remediate HVAC issues.

Security for Medical Facility Visitors

Although staff members understand and embrace a degree of risk, hospital visitors also worry about their probability of getting ill through patient interaction. Visitors can enter or simply become lost in spaces where they have contact with patients undergoing intake. Therefore it is worth investing in microbicidal paints to safeguard visitors to these spaces.

Planning to paint your healthcare facility? Then contact your Local Painting Company in Connecticut.

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