Main image: Door protection at the Surgeons for Little Lives paediatric facility at Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital allows nurses and staff to direct illiterate patients to the correct consultation room with the use of colour and visuals, whilst protecting the facility from damage.
Wall protection offers a multitude of beneficial properties that add value to most indoor spaces
The healthcare sector in particular, is renowned for following certain design principles which include attention to LRV (light reflection value), assisted living, visually impaired and dementia needs, wayfinding, colour and more. There is strong scientific research proving the benefit to both patient care and recovery, and staff.
This especially applies to those who are sight-impaired and dementia patients.
Top 5 benefits of using wall protection
1. Design and functionality
• Beautiful design versatility
• Human focus:
o Dementia & Assisted Living
• Prevents damage to surfaces
3. Durable and easy to maintain
• Reduces maintenance costs
• Improves the overall appearance of an interior
• Easy to clean
4. Promotes comfort
• Pedestrian aid
• LRV design (light reflection values (LRVs) and tonal contrast hold specific benefits, and research has shown that by creating a contrast of 30 LRV points between surfaces it becomes easy to differentiate between the start and end of a space)
5. Safe and sustainable
• Significantly reduces falls
• Low volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions ensure the best indoor air quality
The use of wall protection at the Ngwelezana Paediatric Burns Unit in KwaZulu-Natal demonstrates how by using waterjet cutting, a series of child-friendly designs have been utilised to not only create a comforting and welcoming atmosphere but also protects the walls from equipment scuffing and damage.
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