What are Hospital Handrail Systems?
Hospital handrail systems are specialized types of handrails installed in hospitals to help patients, staff, and visitors move around the hospital safely and comfortably in a guided way. These handrail systems are designed to meet the unique needs of hospitals and healthcare facilities, focusing on hygiene, durability, and ease of maintenance.
Key Features Of Hospital Handrail System
The key features considered are Material, Durability, Hygiene, Comfort & Accessibility.
Material: Hospital handrail systems are typically made of high-quality, durable materials like hospital-grade PVC with an aluminum endoskeleton system. considering the aspects of being easy to clean, sanitize, and can withstand heavy use.
Durability: Hospital handrail systems are built to last a lifetime, even in high-traffic movement areas. They are reinforced with internal aluminum extrusion frames to support and ensure the stability and strength to absorb & withstand impacts, abrasions and daily wear and tear.
Hygiene: Hospital handrail systems use a special type of hospital-grade PVC plastic cover and aluminum frames specially designed to eliminate or minimize the risk of infection and contamination. As they are coated with antimicrobial agents to prevent the growth of bacteria & viruses. Also, they are designed with smooth surfaces that are easy to clean and disinfect.
Comfort: Hospital handrail systems are designed with ergonomics in mind, to ensure maximum comfort for patients and visitors while traversing. They are often provided with grooves and curved or angled to provide a comfortable grip & avoid accidents, and covered in soft & durable materials to reduce hand fatigue.
Accessibility: Hospital handrail systems are designed to be accessible to all patients, including those with mobility or vision impairments. They are also designed with contrasting colors to help patients navigate the hospital safely.
Guardio Technical Features Of The Hospital Handrail System
There are a variety of standards and compliances to be followed for a product designed for a hospital like the IBC (International Building Code), JCAHO (the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations), ASTM (American Society for Testing and Materials), ISO (International Organization for Standardization), EN (European Standards) etc but the mandatory and primary tests the handrail should pass are as follows
ASTM D-256: To determine the impact resistance
ASTM G-21& ASTM G-22: Ability to withstand the fungal and bacterial attacks
ASTM 635: Test for fire resistance
ASTM D-543: Test for resistance to chemical attacks and strain
Overall, hospital handrail systems play an important role in ensuring the safety and comfort of patients, staff, and visitors in healthcare facilities.