Frequently Asked Questions
Healthcare often requires solutions to deal with or solve problems. The following describes several unique and diverse healthcare applications.
For unique and demanding challenges in behavioural health facilities, products are weighted to reduce the ease of movement or lifting product to use as a weapon. The product selection and application identified will assist in determining the amount of additional weight required. Weighted product is designed for facilities looking to create safe and secure environments, while ensuring the furniture can withstand intensive use. To determine the amount of additional weight to be added to a product, contact your Global representative. For pricing, visit the Dealer Center and click on “Specials” on the left sidebar to submit your request.
Bed Bug Resistant
Due to an increase in the presence of bed bugs within healthcare facilities, solutions have been developed to deal with the bed bug issue. The product design directly affects the level of resistance that can be achieved. For more detailed information, visit the Dealer Center and click on “Bed Bug Resistant Seating” on the left sidebar or contact your Global representative. For pricing, visit the Dealer Center and click on “Specials” on the left sidebar to submit your request.
Making a product contraband resistant is a potential solution if you want upholstered and comfortable products to be finished in a manner that offers a greater level of safety.
Contraband resistant finishing is added to products in high risk areas where individuals might attempt to hide contraband such as weapons (for self-harm or to cause harm to others), drugs or alcohol. It can also be part of a solution for protecting any area of the product from becoming a ligature point.
The product surfaces and upholstery will be evaluated and the appropriate solutions will be applied to ensure all surfaces are sealed and safely protected. Depending on the product design, this could mean any combination of the following applications: sealed seams, sealed underside, tamperproof fasteners and/or sealed zippers. After being evaluated, solutions are applied based on the application and population being served. The result of this process would enable the caregiver to identify a potential threat as it would be apparent that the product surface was tampered with. To further assist product selection and what is required specific to a product, please contact your Global sales representative.
High Density Ultracell Bio Foam
High density Ultracell bio foam is non-allergenic foam manufactured from natural seed-based oils such as soybean. It significantly decreases the dependence on fossil fuels like petroleum and reduces greenhouse gas emissions. The high density of the foam provides comfortable sitting for many years before any sagging or indents appear underneath upholstery. Simply, there is more material available to allow for enhanced performance.
Mental Health Furniture
Mental health furniture can range from simple to complex depending on the application and population. Global understands the unique nature and the need to offer a vast range of solutions to deal with the safety of staff and patients while respecting budgets and individual needs. This allows the client to select a product from our complete offering and then build it up to ensure the right features are included. For example: tamperproof fasteners, additional weight and contraband proof. Whatever the demand, the correct solution can be built-in. For more detailed information and to assist with product selection, visit the Dealer Center and click on “Mental Health” or contact your Global representative. For pricing, visit the Dealer Center and click on “Specials” on the left sidebar to submit your request.
Moisture barrier is a textile lining with moisture repellent qualities. Moisture barrier lining is applied on the seat cushion between the upholstery cover and foam to protect any form of moisture from getting to the foam. It is recommended when the fabric being used does not have moisture repellent qualities or when additional protection from penetration of moisture is desired. The cost for adding the moisture barrier lining is noted in the features section of each series.
Moisture and Tamper Resistant Zippers
Moisture and tamper resistant zippers are available as part of the solution when requesting bed bug resistant furniture and contraband proof solutions. In addition, this special zipper prevents liquid and moisture seepage through the zipper teeth, providing additional peace of mind. For more detailed information based on the product selection, contact your Global representative. For pricing, visit the Dealer Center and click on “Specials” on the left sidebar to submit your request.
Sealed refers to the process of finishing the underside of a product to ensure no potential openings from the textile surface to the product interior. The sealed solution is requested for achieving higher levels of infection prevention control for the product being ordered. For more detailed information and to determine if the sealed process is required on a particular product selection, contact your Global representative. For pricing, visit the Dealer Center and click on “Specials” on the left sidebar to submit your request.
The heat sealed seams process involves sealing the back of a seam with a specially designed tape. Sealing the seam increases the integrity of the seam reducing the likelihood of seams opening over time. This tape provides additional protection against moisture seepage and prevents insects from entering the product through the stitch holes and seams. The sealing of seams requires testing the textile to ensure acceptance of the heat sealed tape for performance and aesthetics. For detailed instructions on textile testing and ap0proval, visit the Global Dealer Center and click on “Sealed Seams” or contact your Global representative. The cost for sealed seams will be determined by Global Customer Service based on: (a) seat cushion only or (b) all seams sealed.
Tamperproof fasteners (TPF) can be requested for a higher level of safety. Using TPF ensure the fasteners cannot be interfered with, changed, opened or removed without use of a special tool. This will prevent the tampering with, or disassembly of the product which could lead to injuries or unsuspecting harm to others. For more detailed information contact your Global representative. To add tamperproof fasteners to a product, visit the Dealer Center and click on “Specials” on the left sidebar to submit your request.