Bathtub & tile
Slip-protection in hospital
|Client: Luzerner Kantonsspital, Wolhusen, Switzerland|
|Assignment: Subsequent anti-slip tiles, 50 m2, therapy pool with shower area.
Substrate: Porcelain stoneware tiles.
|Antislip Solution: SWISSGriP spray system for clinic + care|
Class C: DIN EN 16165 / DIN51097 – Angle of inclination ≥ 24°
Class R11: DIN EN 16165 / DIN51130 – Angle of inclination 19°-27°
For floors in wet areas such as shower areas and pool surrounds to be safe to walk on, a certain friction coefficient must be present between the foot / shoe and the floor covering. Water or moisture will result in a significant reduction in friction values compared to the dry condition. In wet rooms, splashing water and wet feet and shoe soles have a correspondingly negative effect in addition to increased humidity (condensation). Wet rooms must therefore be set up in such a way that the penetration of moisture or dirt does not lead to a risk of slipping.
With its locations in Lucerne, Sursee and Wolhusen, the Lucerne Cantonal Hospital (LUKS) ensures comprehensive medical care for the population of Central Switzerland close to home. The LUKS employs over 7300 staff and treats around 40,500 in-patients and around 650,000 out-patients every year.
Its in-house indoor swimming pool at the Wolhusen facility is ideal for patients after operations and for those suffering from rheumatological, neurological and orthopedic diseases. Water therapy utilizes the properties of water, buoyancy, resistance and heat, and is used to relax and strengthen muscles and improve joint mobility.
As described above, floor coverings in wet areas are slippery due to the reduction in friction. Especially for patients undergoing rehabilitation, this increased risk of slipping poses an additional risk to their recovery. It should therefore be possible to walk on the slippery porcelain stoneware tiles without slipping. As an anti-slip solution, SWISSGriP was applied by spray system to the area around the therapy pool and in the adjacent shower. After the anti-slip treatment, the porcelain stoneware tiles have the highest slip resistance class C for barefoot areas and slip resistance group R11 for shoe areas.
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