The Sink's Role in Infection Control
People go to hospitals to get better, yet in one study 13 percent of high-risk adult patients got something else—a healthcare-acquired infection (HAI). Basic hygiene, including regular hand washing and use of hand sanitizers, can significantly reduce those infections.
The design of the sink can be an aid in preventing infection. The more surfaces a caretaker touches, the more chances there are for germs to spread. Sinks with sensors (when temperature control isn’t critical), foot pedals, or wrist blade handles might be good choices, depending on the other design criteria for the room.
If you’re involved in the design of patient rooms, asking the right questions can help you make the best choice.