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Toronto, October 9, 2016

By Kate Manicom

Walls of the newly renovated Donnnelly Wing

A synthetic material commonly used to create seamless kitchen countertops, known as solid surface, is also frequently used in health care. Its properties make it ideal for infection prevention and control in clinical spaces such as ORs and ICUs. Being non-porous, it prevents the growth of harmful bacteria and mould. It’s also durable and impact-resistant. In the newly renovated clinics in the hospital’s Donnelly Wing, it’s used to protect corridors and the walls behind handwashing sinks. It can stand up to cleaning products used in health care and can endure frequent bumps from stretchers and wheelchairs. Not only does it prevent holes from forming in walls, where bacteria can then grow, it also keeps clinical spaces clean and fresh.

About St. Michael's Hospital

St. Michael’s Hospital provides compassionate care to all who enter its doors. The hospital also provides outstanding medical education to future health care professionals in 27 academic disciplines. Critical care and trauma, heart disease, neurosurgery, diabetes, cancer care, care of the homeless and global health are among the hospital’s recognized areas of expertise. Through the Keenan Research Centre and the Li Ka Shing International Healthcare Education Centre, which make up the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, research and education at St. Michael's Hospital are recognized and make an impact around the world. Founded in 1892, the hospital is fully affiliated with the University of Toronto.