Health care industry has always had a multiplicity of challenges when it comes to designing and building specific environments that can deliver long lasting maintenance free finishes, comply with building codes and mandatory regulatory trade compliances. Operating theatres, surgical suites, special pathogens units, anterooms, donning and doffing areas and specialty pharmacy clean rooms are just a few examples of critical areas that require a permanently hard smooth surface that can be easily disinfected on a daily base.
The impervious nature of Arcoplast panels creates a highly cleanable surface resistant to Steris SPOR-Klenz RTU, Contec Peridox RTU Sporicidal Disinfectant, and other disinfecting agents used in high containment health care units. Arcoplast Acryloyl panels and Bio-Seal sealant create a monolithic environment that is air-tight preventing the spread of known/unknown pathogens. Equally important the Acryloyl panel with a flame spread index of 10 and smoke index of 0 is a most critical element of safety when it comes to high people occupancies, especially in hospital settings. Through unique design capabilities and innovative construction methodologies, high performance architectural finishes meet The Living Building Challenge. Ultimately contributing significantly to the well-being and safety of all patients in the health care and medical facilities.
The health care industry is increasingly engaged in pharmaceutical compounding to personalize medications for patients. The prerequisite for compounding operations in compliance with USP 797 Pharmaceutical Compounding – Sterile Preparations in the USP National Formulary and USP 800 Hazardous Drug Handling in Healthcare make for interesting compliance requirements.
Arcoplast Wall and Ceiling Systems are designed and well suited to provide a specialized sterile environment for compounding operations and handling of Hazardous Drugs. Arcoplast provides the perfect solution for the sterile requirements of pharmaceutical compounding.
The Arcoplast Wall and Ceiling System is composed of the most ideal products necessary for your Critical Environment. These products are designed for the renovation and new construction of facilities that are compounding both sterile and non-sterile hazardous drugs. These facilities are some of the most important in our health care sector which are depended on by millions of people on a daily basis.
The engineering controls for the compounding of hazardous drugs are complex with requirements for cleaning of contamination, exterior venting and negative pressure requirements.
The cleaning of the Hazardous Drug contamination, surfaces for ceilings, walls and fixtures in both sterile and nonsterile compounding must be smooth, impervious, free from cracks and crevices and non-shedding.
The Arcoplast Acryloyl Engineered Polymer Panel has an acrylic resin rich finish that is available in a high gloss surface with high chemical/stain resistance designed specifically for decontamination in critical environments.
The primary containment cabinet or vessel for sterile and non-sterile is preferred to be exhausted to the outside. The sterile requires an ISO Class 5 or better air quality, such as a Class II or III biological safety cabinet (BSC) or compounding aseptic containment isolator (CACI).
The non-sterile does not have a designated ISO Classification but must be decontaminated and cleaned as required to eliminate risk to personnel. The Arcoplast ceiling panel with multiple thicknesses is designed to accommodate any size or shape exhaust stack.
The Arcoplast panels can be cut easily to accommodate field conditions and by utilizing the Bio-Seal Two-Component Finishing Compound you can be assured that the negative / positive pressure required will not be compromised.
The secondary containment area requires a negative pressure for both sterile and non-sterile hazardous drug which is of the highest importance for containment and segregation of compounding areas. These areas must maintain a negative pressure of 0.01 to 0.03 inches of water column relative to all adjacent areas at all times.
The panel systems are tested to ASTM E 2178 Air Pressure Decay Test to both Negative and Positive 4 Inches of WC when installed using the Arcoplast Bio-Seal Two-Component Finishing Compound.