Ronald McDonald House shows how to kill bacteria

Copper Development Assnnizations that participated in this retrofit included Olin Brass, Rocky Mountain Hardware, Colonial Bronze, Elkay Manufacturing, Frigo Design, R&B Wagner Inc., ANDY OnCall, StairCrafters Inc., Nurture by Steelcase and the South Carolina Research Authority.

The Medical University of South Carolina measured the amount of bacteria on the previous touch surfaces prior to the copper retrofit and is in the process of measuring them again. A reports scheduled for release in the third quarter of 2012 will compare the two sets of measurements.

Initial discussions about the project began in 2010, and the Antimicrobial Copper installations started in the third quarter of 2011. The facility remained open throughout the retrofit project, allowing RMHC to continue providing much-needed services with limited disruption.

For more information about antimicrobial copper, an application of the Copper Development Association, and to view a complete listing of EPA-approved public health claims, please visit the Copper Development Association website.

Rubber Flooring System Receives 2010 Nightingale Award for Healthcare Product Design

Idea, Mondo’s newest rubber flooring system, has received a 2010 Nightingale Award for Healthcare Product Design. The Nightingale Award promotes and recognizes excellence in product design that enhances the quality of healthcare.

The 2010 Nightingale Awards winners were selected by a panel of healthcare industry and design professionals. Each product was evaluated on merits of overall contribution to the quality of healthcare; functionality; quality/durability; aesthetics/style; environmental sustainability; and pricing. Innovation was also an important consideration—the product must offer some quality or feature not currently on the market and must meet an existing need.

Mondo Idea comes in colors and designs developed specifically for a variety of commercial environments, including healthcare. The innovative flooring also features patterns embedded into the vulcanized rubber during manufacturing, which is an industry first.

In addition, the flooring features outstanding slip resistance and is safe for the environment, since it does not contain any plasticizers, heavy metals, formaldehyde or asbestos. It also was designed to have a low emission of volatile organic compounds.