The OR is subject to germs and bacteria, so keeping a clean, sterile environment is of the utmost importance. Handwashing is a critical part of that sterilization process, and while scrub sinks may seem like simple devices, using them is nonnegotiable. Normal sinks can accumulate too much bacteria and require too much contact, but not every scrub sink is fit for the job, either. There are a few key things you need to look for when choosing a scrub sink for your OR.
The material of your scrub sink needs to be durable and nonporous so it's easy to clean and won't harbor bacteria. However, the entire sink needs to be made of the same material, not only the tub but the faucet, panels, and soap dispensers as well. Ideally, your sink should be stainless steel, particularly 16-gauge type 304. The value “16-gauge” means the steel is 1/16th of an inch thick, which is much thicker than it sounds, making it incredibly durable. And 304 steel contains a high level of nickel and chromium, making it the most durable and affordable stainless steel option.
The best scrubs sinks are completely contactless and don't require you to touch any part of it with your hands, which ensures sterility. You typically have three options: knee valve, pedal, or infrared-operated faucets. Knee valve and pedal-operated scrub sink faucets are the most affordable options that allow you to access soap and water with essentially the push of a button. Infrared models are a little more expensive, but they're the most convenient, allowing you to control the flow of water by tracking your hand motions.
Believe it or not, the shape of your sink is also important and helps keep your sink and the space around it sterile. Welded seams and radius corners keep the shape of the sink smooth, simple, and free of any corners where bacteria might get trapped. Other sinks that aren't as rounded or use screws to hold the sides together are too difficult to clean and keep sterile. It's also important to look for a sink with high enough walls to avoid splashing.
Now that you know what to look for when choosing a scrub sink, let Future Health Concepts Inc. provide your facility with the equipment you need to keep your OR running smoothly. We have an array of scrub sink makes and models, so you can find one that fits your needs and your budget.