Choosing A Wheelchair Accessible Bathroom Sink As we become more aware of access issues in our buildings and communities, it's important to consider every detail of accessibility. In this article, we'll focus on bathroom washbasins—specifically on wheelchair sinks that meet or exceed ADA requirements, and how they can make both public and private restrooms safer, more comfortable, and more accessible to many individuals. What Are Wheelchair Accessible Sinks? Wheelchair accessible sinks are bathroom washbasins that have been designed to accommodate users with disabilities or limited mobility. In their most basic form, they meet minimum standards of height, cl ..


Bathroom Grab Bars

  • Posted by Jim Hersh

Bathroom Grab Bars: Shower/Toilet Handrails for Elderly & Handicap Safety Shower & Toilet Grab Bars What Are Grab Bars? Grab Bars, also known as safety rails, handrails, shower bars, etc., are secure rails, typically mounted on the wall, ceiling, or floor, to help weakened, disabled, or elderly individuals safely access and navigate rooms and facilities. They come in a range of sizes and capacities, from small, light-duty handles to heavy-duty protruding support arms, fixed handrails to fully adjustable, track-mounted, “flexible” grab bar systems. They can be found around showers, toilets, sinks, changing tables, and any other essential facility ..

This is a new and exciting development. Pressalit Care ( A/S of Denmark, has added CaviCide™ to the web specifications for cleaning of their products. CaviCide™ -cleaning products, produced by Metrex™, effectively disinfect against tuberculosis, HIV-1, HBV, HCV, and even MRSA. This low-alcohol product line is recommended for use in a broad range of healthcare environments, from the ICU and neonatal areas, to long-term healthcare settings, nursing homes and group homes. CaviCide™ is used daily in many US healthcare facilities in their infection control programs. And now we know it can ..


Patient Safety USA: Hand Hygiene

  • Posted by Jim Hersh

Hand Hygiene Optimal Patient Safety Begins with Hand Hygiene Good Hand Hygiene Has Long-Reaching Benefits Hand Hygiene and Pathogen Transmission Healthcare providers have long been aware of the benefits of scrupulous hand hygiene techniques – and modern research has begun to confirm those beliefs. Until now, detailed hand trajectories haven’t been cohesively examined—but a new study, released by Lauren Clack, Manuela Scotoni, Aline Wolfensberger, and Hugo Sax harnessed a head-video capture and coding tool to track hand-to-surface routes in real-life healthcare settings. The researchers’ findings will help others to design better preventive strategi ..

So many of us overlook the need for adult-friendly, accessible bathrooms in public spaces. Yet for millions around the world, a general lack of accessible restrooms poses a real challenge on a daily basis. Public, adult-accessible bathrooms can help to alleviate fear and humiliation – and ensure that everyone has the opportunity to explore the world comfortably. From grocery shopping and posting mail to sightseeing, visiting friends and family, and attending scheduled appointments, everything is easier when accessible bathrooms are clean, easy to find, and ubiquitous. Transforming Lives, One Restroom at a Time Changing Places, a UK-based organization, has made it its missi ..


Studies released this year by JAMA Internal Medicine ( reveal the power of electronic health records (EHRs) in tracking down sources of common hospital-acquired infections. By tracing the movements of nearly 90,000 patients over a three-year period, the University of California’s San Francisco Health Informatics team was able to pinpoint the sources of a single common bacterium – Clostridium, or “C. Diff.” UCSF’s findings illuminate new possibilities for EHRs, namely the potential for uncovering meaningful patterns in large-scale hospital datasets. EHRs: A Moder ..


Spotlight on Technology: How Design Thinking Can Transform Patient Safety Perhaps it’s uncommon to consider groundbreaking design when you’re thinking of patient safety, but our selection of innovative solutions to patient care is continuously pushing the boundaries between function and aesthetics. In fact, Pressalit Care, one of our select manufactuers, is thrilled to announce its most recent accolade: The Nightingale Silver Award, presented at the Healthcare Design Conference in Orlando, Florida. The Nightingale goes to Pressalit’s MATRIX M wash basin, selected as the winner due to its unique design and pioneering adaptability. MATRIX M is designed by Pressalit’ ..

Breeding Grounds: Surprising Bacteria Hosts Reducing Bacteria? Start with Scrubs According to recent research conducted at the Duke University Hospital, scrubs – the common uniform of healthcare professionals all around the world – are often contaminated with bacteria—even after they’ve been treated with bacterial deterrents. Staph and MRSA were among the most commonly transmitted bacteria, the studies report, and researchers confirmed that scrubs – antibacterial or not – are generally not effective at reducing bacterial spread. Though this news is likely to alarm healthcare workers and their institutions’ administrators, it joins a growi ..

Care at the Bedside: Patient Safety and the Personal Touch The Human Element of Patient Safety Healthcare providers are busy people with important work to do. Unfortunately, efficiency can sometimes come across as brusque, blunt, or downright rude behavior – at least when it comes to the patient’s perspective. Today, we explore the role of a healthy bedside manner as part of a holistic approach to patient safety and care. The research is in, and it’s definitive: A friendly, honest, and genuine interaction with a healthcare professional does wonders for a patient’s health and well-being. The Patient’s Voice Counts Though some physicians chafe at  ..

Antibiotic Resistant Strains: America’s Hidden Healthcare Threat One of the United States’ most pervasive health threats may be much closer to home than you think. Today, more than twenty thousand Americans are dying annually from antibiotic-resistant bacterial infections—and in Europe, the figures are slightly higher. Every year in the United States, at least two million people acquire infections that resist one or more of the antibiotics’ courses they attempt. Most frighteningly, within the last fifteen years, the number of antibiotic-resistant infections has doubled – and figures continue to rise. Lost Productivity, Nationwide As a cons ..