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Hygenius in Acute Care

How we help you fight infection and speed patient recovery.

Now, more than ever, infection control is a priority.

Processes and PPE were transformed during the Covid pandemic, but old-style space designs and furniture continued to make infection-fighting harder. For some cabinet types, more frequent cleaning speeds damage and deterioration, creating bacterial hotspots. 

Hygenius furniture is different. It’s built for robust cleaning. Panels and surfaces are smoother, stronger and more resistant to damage. Hinges, handles, drawers and worktops are safe and sanitary. And they stay this way for years – helping you to fight infection for longer.

Involve Hygenius at an early stage in your Acute Care project and you will deliver a more effective infection-beating design that directly affects patient outcomes.  

Initial layouts are free of charge and our guidance and best practice advice may help refine your thinking and improve proposals. 

Details that make the difference.

Click on the hotspots to see how this Hygenius installation helps you fight infection, making places and people safer.

Details that make the difference.

Click on the hotspots to see how this Hygenius installation helps you fight infection, making places and people safer.

Anti-Tip Shelf Retainer

Featuring anti-tip shelves, Hygenius ensures that units are secure for the storage of items and reduces the risk of products falling or dropping on staff. Anti-Tip shelves are a simple yet effective tool to ensure shelves do not tip as items are pulled to the front or pushed to the rear. There are also fewer shelf-adjustment holes to trap dirt.

One-Piece Slopping Top

Hygenius includes complete offsite manufactured one-piece slopping tops, reducing inaccessible or hard ro reach dirt traps on top of HTM wall units. Sloping tops reduce the risk of infection by minimising dust collection and providing an easy to clean surface.

Solid Top to Units

Hygenius units are complete with solid top panels, rather than common exposed substrates. This means that the top of the unit is a complete panel, reducing the risk of bacteria reservoirs by closing off exposed substrate surfaces and unnecessary 90 degree angles. Solid tops improve cleanability of units as the entire upper surface can be easily wiped. Wall units have an internal depth of 325mm to enable storage of A4 files.

Enclosed Drawer Boxes & Mechanisms

Drawers and mechanisms are fully enclosed with the Hygenius system. This reduces infection risk by designing out inaccessible spaces within the rail system and providing a coved side to the internal drawer. This makes the drawers simple and easy to clean.

Wall Unit Glove Dispenser

Optional glove dispensing designs can be incorporated within the Hygenius wall units. This dispenser is a simple aluminium frame feature incorporated into a wall unit, sitting flush alongside the surrounding wall unit bases, offering easy hygenic access to PPE. Additional stocks can be stored tidyly within the shelves directly above.

Easy Clean Handle

The handles on Hygenius furniture take into account infection prevention and spread. Handles are easy to clean, wipeable designs that eliminate inaccessible angles commonly seen in most handles. Handles are one of the most touched surfaces in a healthcare space and should be designed in the most infection intelligent way, to reduce bacteria reservoirs and infection risk.

Adjustable Legs

Hygenius features adjustable fixed ABS legs on its units, enabling alignment and levelling across runs of cabinetry. Units are not fixed directly into the floor enabling future reconfigurations and adjustments. Adjustable legs are then enclosed with a plastic plinth

Multi-Colour Work Surface

The seamless work surface is available in grey and white. Grey work surfaces are ideal for drug dispensing as the contrasting colour makes any dropped pills clearly visible.

Water-Resistant Plinths

Hygenius laminated plinths are clipped directly to the adjustable feet for easy install and maintenance. These plinths don’t rot with repeated floor cleaning and they’re sealed to the floor, so dirty water can’t leak underneath the cabinet. Alternatively, vinyl can be coved up the front.

Wipeable Hinges

Hinges are a key area for potential bacteria reservoirs and infection risk. Hygenius features an enclosed and wipeable hinge design that facilitates easy cleaning and reduces infection risk by designing out inaccessible spaces. The Hygenius hinges also incorporate soft-close technology.

Stainless Steel Sink Unit

Sink outlets are offset to prevent splashing of contaminated liquid, helping to reduce infection risk. Stainless steel sink units provide a robust and easy clean solution for clean and dirty utilities. The stainless steel sink top features uniquely designed sloping surfaces to prevent any puddling of waste water and harbouring of germs.

Waterfall Edge

The solid surface counter top available for Hygenius features a waterfall edge detail designed specifically to reduce infection risk caused by spills of fluid or bloods. This edge detail stops liquids from being tracked through a primary space after dripping down the front of a traditional bullnose worktop and onto the floor.

Tall HTM Units

Tall units are also available as part of the Hygenius package as either HTM63 or HTM71, available with adjustable shelves, support wall or tonk strip for other HTM71 accessories.

Solid Surface Upstand to Rear

The rear upstand of Hygenius solid surface work top is an integrated upstand providing a seamless coved back for easy cleaning, with no seams to trap bacteria. Hygenius work surfaces are moulded within a machine reducing workmanship error and providing this seamless design while reducing costs typically associated with solid surfaces

“The quality of furniture supplied was excellent and met all the briefing requirements. Hygenius interpreted our designs for bespoke reception desks and nurse stations very well and produced an excellent finish to the items. They were very responsive, helpful and adaptable to suit changing needs during the fit-out phase. We would have no hesitation in recommending Hygenius.”

David VickerstaffSenior Associate Architect – Bailey Partnership

“Hygenius were lovely to work with and made sure they listened to our requirements so that the designs were absolutely spot on!”

Rhonda WalkerProject Lead – NHS Orkney

“Hygenius (then WorkSpace Design) are a breath of fresh air in the building industry”

Project ManagerProject Manager – ISG

How we work to fight infection

1.Anticipation

Designing for easy cleaning

Anticipating spillage/liquid microbial transfer

Enabling non-contaminating working practices

Consulting users at every stage

2.Prevent

Building for durability

Designing-out inaccessible spaces

Eliminating rough surfaces that support
bacteria

3.Destroy

Innovating through design

Using antimicrobial materials and
components

Integrating sanitation solutions

Supporting your fight against infection from the earliest stages of project design.

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