Functional, wheelchair accessible design for handwashing
Franke’s latest innovation is a healthcare sink engineered to make handwashing a wonderful experience. The Franke Nightingale Series of hand wash basins takes infection prevention to the next level with splash control features, laminar flow faucets, and easy to clean surfaces.
Introduced in 2021, the Nightingale Series of hand wash basins were named after the mother of modern nursing, Florence Nightingale. She served in the Crimean War of the 1850s and had the radical idea that lousy sanitation in field hospitals was causing undue death and suffering. She led a cleanliness crusade and reformed the world’s thinking around sanitation: in the hospitals that adopted her hand washing standards, the mortality rate dropped by 40%.
Engineered for all healthcare spaces, the Nightingale Series sink is ideal for Intensive Care Units, nurses’ stations, patient wards, treatment rooms, visitor washrooms, as well as long term care facilities, clinics, doctors’ offices, dentist offices and more.
The Nightingale sink series is wall mounted and was designed without flat surfaces or ledges; all surfaces are sloped towards the drain to eliminate standing water. The engineered splash control features are what put the Nightingale series above the rest.
Sinks in hospital settings continue to be linked to deadly outbreaks of healthcare acquired infections (HAI). Bacteria that thrive in the plumbing system can be splashed onto users, patients, and nearby surfaces if the faucet is mounted directly above the drain. The Nightingale sink series (as well as all Franke hand wash basins) are designed with a 9” deep offset drain. An attractive drain cover also acts as a splash guard to help prevent water from being splashed out of the drain.
The high contact angle of the raised center rib acts like a ski jump landing. The water’s descent is spread out over a wider area, softening the impact. It’s beautifully illustrated in the image above.
The integral waste and offset drain prevent bacteria-laden water from splashing out of the drain and contaminating nearby surfaces. Raised side splashes also help prevent water from splashing outside of the sink.
Hospitals specify laminar flow outlets as aerators can pull in contaminated air from the room and grow biofilm. The simple absence of a faucet aerator does not produce true laminar flow. Franke faucets are designed to stabilize the water flow and organize the water molecules to move in an orderly path.
With no turbulence occurring in the water leaving the faucet, a true laminar flow stream drastically reduces splashing. Even as users wash up, the laminar flow stream will essentially “hug” the hands with minimal splashing. Water droplets are not bouncing off the hands in all directions as they do when the stream is turbulent. This video shows how water in a laminar stream is contained within the sink bowl as the user washes their hands.
Our goal is that a fixture’s performance should not be compromised to meet all building codes. We foresee a future where all healthcare sinks will need to be wheelchair accessible, not just a select few per floor. Regardless of the minimum standard, Franke feels that it’s important design fixtures that are accessible to as many people as possible. People using wheelchairs or with limited mobility should not have to compromise.