February 21, 2018 | USA | Healthy Living

nora flooring selected for patient safety learning lab at Clemson University

Lab uses evidence-based design to create a safer, more ergonomic operating room

Salem, NH (Feb. 21, 2018) – nora systems, Inc., a manufacturer of premium rubber flooring, was selected to participate in a collaborative research project with the Center for Health Facilities Design and Testing with Clemson University and the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC).

The project, titled “Realizing Improved Patient Care through Human-Centered Design in the Operating Room” (RIPCHD.OR), was made possible through a four-year grant from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).

The Center for Health Facilities Design & Testing, MUSC (Medical University of South Carolina) and Clemson School of Architecture and Health Design graduate students developed a Patient Safety Learning Lab (PSLL) that uses a multi-disciplinary, human-centered approach to incorporate evidence-based design, human factors and system engineering principles to design a safer, more ergonomic operating room.

nora premium rubber flooring was selected for patient safety learning lab at Clemson University

norament® xp flooring was selected for use in the RIPCHD.OR PSLL as the most effective resilient flooring solution to support both patient safety and staff safety outcomes in the OR.

“We chose nora flooring for this project because nora’s premium rubber flooring is ideal for the operating room environment,” said Anjali Joseph, Ph.D, EDAC, Endowed Chair in Architecture and Health Design and Director, Center for Health Facilities Design and Testing, Clemson University. “nora premium rubber flooring is easy to clean and maintain in a high traffic, high spill areas such as the OR in addition to being durable and slip resistant. Additionally, nora’s commitment to supporting research endeavors such as RIPCHD.OR made the company a perfect collaborator and partner for our project.”

Flooring plays a significant role in the OR as a functional element for infection control, ergonomics, acoustics, maintainability and room turn-over time. nora flooring has an extremely dense, closed surface that is inherently dirt-repellent, dimensionally-stable and free of pesticides or chemicals. nora’s flush surface minimizes contamination, reduces bacterial load and is inherently antimicrobial. 

“As and edac Advocate Firm with The Center for Health Design, nora is proud to be part of the RIPCHD.OR project to support evidence-based and human-centered design research in the OR,” shared Sandra Soraci, EDAC, LEED AP, NCIDQ, Marketing Leader, Health Care Solutions with nora systems, Inc.

For more information on the RIPCHD.OR PSLL  visit http://www.clemson.edu/centers-institutes/health-facilities-design-testing/projects/current%20projects/ripchd-or/index.html. To learn more about nora flooring visit www.nora.com/united-states/en.

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About nora systems

nora systems, Inc. has been located in the United States for more than 30 years. It is the U.S. headquarters of German-based nora systems GmbH, a leading global manufacturer of commercial rubber floor covering systems. The company has been designing and manufacturing high-performance nora rubber flooring for more than 50 years for a number of different markets. nora’s team of skilled professionals collaborates with architects and designers to develop performance-driven flooring solutions that help bring their projects to life. For the latest news and updates, follow nora on Twitter at www.twitter.com/noraflooring, and on LinkedIn at www.linkedin.com/company/nora-systems-inc-. To view the latest project stories or informational videos from nora, follow us on YouTube at www.youtube.com/channel/UCaJKpNlwM672PHiBve7h6iw. For additional information, contact nora systems, Inc. at 1-800-332-NORA or visit the company’s web site at www.nora.com.