BioCote® Antimicrobial Technology in Mental Health Facility Design

BioCote® Antimicrobial Technology in Mental Health Facility Design

3.4 min readPublished On: June 10th, 2024By
3.4 min readPublished On: June 10th, 2024By
Mental Health Facility Design

Designing environments for mental health facilities requires a specific diligence to focus on creating spaces that are safe, reliable, and low maintenance. This week, BioCote® had the pleasure of attending the Design in Mental Health event, where we connected with our partners who are leading the way in innovative design solutions for these environments. The importance of incorporating antimicrobial technology is not overlooked in the healthcare sector, but how can we help create products that are designed for the needs of vulnerable people.

Contour Heating Solutions

Contour’s specialist range of guards and radiators are meticulously crafted for environments where design details are vital to ensure the safety of vulnerable individuals. These products not only meet strict safety standards but also offer aesthetic and functional benefits, making them ideal for mental health facilities. The grilles and external Thermostatic Radiator Valves (TRVs) in radiators pose particular danger. Ligature points on Contour’s anti-ligature radiator and guard ranges have therefore been identified and addressed. By integrating these solutions, mental health facilities can ensure surfaces are not only safe to touch but also easy to maintain.

BioClad Wall Cladding

BioClad is known for their wall cladding solutions that are integrated with antimicrobial technology, This feature ensures that surfaces remain cleaner and more durable over time, which is particularly considered in healthcare and mental health settings. BioClad’s cladding, available in a range of vibrant colours from their Pastel and Vivid collections, is designed to create a more engaging and positive environment for mental health facilities. These hygienic PVC wall claddings are not only tamperproof, making them ideal for high-risk areas, but also durable and easy to maintain, reducing the need for frequent repairs and extensive cleaning.

Hodgson Sealants

Hodgson sealants Hygieneseal AG sealant is an anti-pick solution designed specifically to withstand challenging environments. This sealant is particularly beneficial in mental health institutions, where traditional sealants might fail. The anti-pick feature ensures that facilities remain intact and safe, reducing the need for frequent repairs and enhancing the longevity of installations.

BioCote® Antimicrobial Technology in Mental Health Facility design

Design considerations

Integrating BioCote® antimicrobial technology into the materials of products for mental health facilities can play a vital role in ensuring that environments are easy to maintain and remain in good condition over time. Antimicrobial surfaces help in keeping areas cleaner and more durable, by reducing microbes that can cause staining, odours, and material degradation. An important topic to consider when creating products for use in settings where vulnerable individuals reside.

Industry Trends

The healthcare industry is witnessing a surge in innovative solutions that incorporate antimicrobial technology. From wall cladding to sealants these products are becoming increasingly popular due to the benefits brought on by antimicrobial technology. There are many products and surfaces that may be easily overlooked.

  • Door handles and push plates – Cross-contamination is a top contributor to the spread of microorganisms,  antimicrobial coatings can significantly reduce the transfer of microbes from one surface to another.
  • Light Switches and Controls – Antimicrobial technology in light switches and other control panels can ensure the surface has continuous reduction in microbes from up to 99.99%.
  • Flooring Solutions – Antimicrobial flooring and floor mats can prevent the growth of microbes, ensuring that floors remain cleaner between regimes, especially useful in high-traffic areas.
  • Bathroom Fixtures – Antimicrobial coatings on sinks, faucets, and other bathroom fixtures can help in reducing microbes that may cause bad odours and staining or discolouration.
  • Medical Equipment and Devices – In healthcare and mental health facilities, integrating antimicrobial technology into medical equipment and devices can reduce microorganisms while reducing cross-contamination and increasing product longevity.
  • Furniture – integrating antimicrobial properties into the surfaces of furniture can help in reducing the buildup of microbes, making it easier to maintain. This includes any areas of furniture that are often missed during routine cleaning.

You can see BioCote® in action and find a variation of antimicrobial products for healthcare here.

Thoughtful design and integration of innovative products enable the optimisation of environments in mental health facilities. Contour, BioClad, Hodgeson Sealants display an example of innovation and attention to detail with advanced technology that can lead to more reliable products for more durable spaces.