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The assets of Corian® in the field of medicine

Hygienic: Corian® installations are homogeneous,non-porous and free of open joints, so they do not delaminate or promote the formation of bacteria and micro-organisms, thereby reducing the riskof cross-infection.

Easy to clean: Large work surfaces and integrated bowls without any visible joints are exceptionally easy to clean. What is more, as Corian can be thermoformed, it can be used to create rounded finishes where vertical and horizontal elements meet, thereby facilitating cleaning.

Stain resistant: As it is non-porous, Corian® prevents infiltration by liquids, fluids and chemical products (acids, bases and reagents). If persistent stains remain after the surface has been wiped, they can easily be removed using an abrasive pad or very fine sandpaper.

Lasting and renewable: Corian® is extremely sturdy and able to withstand wear and tear over time as well as frequent and repeated use. In addition, if it is damaged, the installation can be repaired on site so that it always looks in prime condition, while keeping the extent of the work to a minimum.

Helps save time and money: Corian® can easily be installed on an existing covering, which saves the cost of removal and replacement.

Attractive and functional: Thanks to its ability to be thermoformed or inlayed, Corian® offers a virtually endless range of design possibilities. In addition, it can be combined very effectively with other commonly used materials such asstainless steel, and is available in over 100 colours, opening up countless ways of personalising your applications.

Managers of hospitals, clinics, laboratories and consulting rooms today recognise the importance for both patients and their visitors of a pleasant reception and care environment. They appreciate that calming, comfortable surroundings will promote recovery more quickly than the institutional coldness that has traditionally been characteristic of hospitals.

Corian® combines an attractive appearance with effective, reliable performance, allowing it to meet both the health requirements of a medical institution (fighting against cross-infection and ensuring hygiene) and the patients' and nursing staff's need for comfort. Produced exclusively by DuPont, Corian® combines natural minerals and state-of-the-art acrylic polymers already used in medicine. This thermoformable, non-toxic and hypoallergenic material is the perfect choice when renovating medical facilities. Finally, thanks to its durability and the ease with which it can be repaired on site, Corian retains its value over the years, representing a long-term investment in line with the brand image and the quality of your institution.

Healthcare Applications

  • SURGICAL TRAYS
  • ENDOSCOPIC UNITS
  • WET AND DRY BENCHES
  • WALL CLADDING FOR OPERATING AREAS
  • NEONATOLOGY, ENDOSCOPY AND NUCLEAR MEDICINE SERVICES
  • MATERNITY
  • NURSING STATION WORKTOPS
  • RECEPTION COUNTERS
  • BOWL AND SHOWER SURFACES IN PATIENTS' ROOMS, HAND BASINS
  • PHARMACY COUNTERS AND LABORATORY TABLES
  • PUBLIC WASHROOMS
  • CAFETERIA, BUFFET AND RECEPTION TABLES
  • SIGNS
  • AUTOPSY TABLES

Non-toxic: Corian is an inert, non-toxic and hypoallergenic material. As such, it is used for delicate applications such as cladding the walls and work surfaces in operating areas, clean rooms and intensive care units. In the event of fire, it has the flame-retardant properties of alumina trihydrate and does not release a single molecule of halogen gases.

Complies with Health and Safty regulations: Corian is an excellent choice for areas that must meet the most stringent regulatory standards, for example food-handling areas. In addition, as Corian® can be moulded and thermoformed, it can be used to create ergonomic passageways and workstations without sharp edges or projecting corners, accommodating wheelchairs.

The Operating Theatre

The operating area is a place where asepsis is the top priority. The non-porosity of Corian, its lack of open joints and the rounded corners that can be created using this material guarantee that it is extremely easy to clean, both for horizontal surfaces and for walls and specific applications. Corian is used to equip new operating theatres and to renovate existing surgery units.

The assets of Corian in the operating theatre

PREMISES:

  • Hygienic- extremely easy to clean and maintain- complete absence of joints
  • Inner corners rounded by thermoforming- easy to install and repair- can be installed simply by covering existing surfaces

SURGICAL BENCHES (DRY AND WET):

  • hygienic- customised configuration(single, double or triple unit)

ENDOSCOPIC EQUIPMENT:

  • Highly resistant to aggressive substances- prevents formation of bacteria, easy to disinfect

CORIAN IN PATIENTS' ROOMS AND BATHROOMS

FITTED WASHSTAND SURFACES, HAND BASINS, SHOWER WALLS AND BASES, SIDE TABLE, SKIRTING BOARDS, FRAMES AND WINDOW SILLS

There is clear evidence that a comfortable environment has a positive effect on patients' convalescence. Thanks to its flexibility in design and its range of colours, Corian can be used to create a pleasant setting without compromising on hygiene. In addition, its modularity means that it can be used even in the most cramped areas - to create vanity tops to fit a shower room, to clad shower walls, or to provide a shower base that is accessible to the disabled.

The assets of Corian for patients' rooms and bathrooms

  • Hygienic - non-porous, can be assembled with inconspicuous joints,making it easy to clean and maintain
  • Thermoformable and modular in linewith the configuration of the rooms
  • Attractive solution creating a warmand pleasant atmosphere promoting recovery
  • Warm and soft to touch
  • Available in over 100 colours
  • Material can be repaired on site
  • Resistant to shocks and the wear caused by intensive use
  • Excellent long-term investment

CORIAN AND NUCLEAR MEDICINE, THE HIV VIRUS, X-RAYS AND THE PREVENTION OF CROSS-INFECTION

As is the case with all materials used in sensitive locations, Corian has undergone numerous laboratory tests and trials designed to certify its safety for both nuclear medicine applications and for X-ray facilities or facilities that come into contact with fluids and tissue infected with the HIV virus. Test reports reveal the suitability of Corian for this high-risk purpose.

CORIAN IN NUCLEAR MEDICINE

Corian is a non-porous material that can be easily decontaminated, even at extremely high levels of radiation. Laboratory tests have shown that Corian surfaces contaminated with very high levels of 14 C, 3 H, 35 S and 32 S radioisotopes can be very easily decontaminated using an abrasive pad. Repeated contamination/decontamination tests have yielded equally satisfying results.

Test results:

Corian samples were decontaminated to a level of activity of less than 100 disintegrations per minute (dpm) per 100-cm2 area, that is an absorbed dose of less than 0.2 mrad.

CORIAN AND X-RAYS

High levels of radioactive contamination can easily be removed from Corian installations.Corian is effectively cleansed of radioactive contamination by gentle sanding with fine sandpaper followed by treatment with Countoff. Following this process, the contamination is below the levels tolerated for zones that can be accessed freely without protective equipment and the Corian installation shows no visual signs of discolouration or delamination.

CORIAN AND HIV

Corian can be easily cleansed of the human immune deficiency virus (HIV) that causes AIDS. Corian does not release any products harmful to the growth of infected tissue cells and likely to adversely affect the analyses carried out in the laboratory. The tests performed by the DuPont Applied Biotechnology Group show that a Corian surface can be cleansed of high concentrations of the HIV virus simply by rinsing with a dilute solution of bleach. A 10% solution of common bleach (0.5% sodium hypochlorite) eliminates all HIV infection from contaminated Corian surfaces.

CORIAN AND CROSS-INFECTIONS

The hygienic qualities of Corian reduce the possibility of cross-infection to a minimum in all areas requiring particular hygiene. The nonporosity of the material, together with its lack of open joints, prevents the formation of bacteria while facilitating the cleaning of the installation

CORIAN IN THE LABORATORY

Outstanding aesthetic qualities

Cleanliness is vitally important in laboratories. With its hygienic qualities and its high performance levels, Corian is ideal for this type of application, while at the same time blending perfectly with other materials. It enhances the image of your laboratory and creates a more pleasant and efficient working environment.

The assets of Corian in the laboratory

  • Good thermal and chemical resistance
  • Assembled with inconspicuous joints
  • Ergonomic benches all in one piece with fitted sinks
  • Easy to clean, including persistent stains
  • Non-porous and homogeneous
  • Can be repaired on site
  • Can be combined with other materials
  • Attractive, comfortable and effective
  • Available in over 100 colours, with numerous edge treatments possible.

OTHER CORIAN APPLICATIONS IN HEALTHCARE ESTABLISHMENTS

RECEPTION AREAS, RESTAURANTS, CAFETERIAS, PUBLIC WASHROOMS, SIGNS, ETC

Corian provides a perfect solution for the general services in hospitals. Its elegance, its modularity and its wear resistance make it the preferred material for cladding reception areas, corridors and waiting rooms, while its hygienic qualities make it the ideal choice for public washrooms. In the cafeteria, the neonatology department or for a custom-designed sign system, Corian guarantees both a hygienic environment and the comfort of patients and their visitors.

The assets of Corian in other hospital environments

MATERNITY AND PAEDIATRICS:

  • Soft and warm to touch, providing comfort for babies and nursing staff
  • Workstations with fitted bathtubs at room temperature

RECEPTION AREA:

  • Attractive and elegant, for increased comfort
  • Resistant to intensive use
  • Thermoformable, enabling distinctive designs
  • Wide range of colours
  • Repairable

RESTAURANT AND CAFETERIA:

  • Non-porous and hygienic, therefore easy to clean
  • Possibility of creating large, customised surface
  • Containers fitted without visible joints
  • Meets foodstuffs standards

WASHROOM FACILITIES:

  • Hygienic
  • Easy to clean
  • Can be configured as required,
  • Including for the disabled
  • Possibility of avoiding corners

SIGNS:

  • Original signs that can be personalised
  • Range of colours enabling the use of colour codes

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