Radiant heating panels help control infection in hospital
Published:  10 September, 2009
Radiant heating panels

Radiant heating panels have been installed in ceilings of the £60 million Bristol Heart Institute to help control infection. HCP supplied 970 linear metres of panels.

Alison Grooms, commissioning redevelopment project manager for the Bristol Heart Institute, explains, ‘The design is a significant development in making the wards easier to clean and reducing the opportunity for cross-infection risks associated with traditional wall-mounted radiator systems.’

A heating system at high level can help meet Department of Health guidance on infection control. Radiant heating systems are easy to access, and their flat surfaces are easy to clean. Current deep-cleaning guidance requires traditional radiator covers to be removed and cleaning behind radiators.

In an average year, the centre will carry out about 1700 heart operations and perform some 4000 cardiac procedures.




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