In a 2011 study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), it was reported that nearly 200,000 Americans are treated in emergency departments for bathroom-related injuries annually.
Many of the injuries are related to moving in and out of – and using – a bathtub or shower. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, approximately 370 people suffer bathtub or shower-related injuries on a daily basis in the U.S.
Looking for some of the easiest preventative measure, the installation of garb bars and adequate floor surface no-slip texture will help reduce the risk of falls. Turning to showers, removing the step one could trip over when entering and exiting the shower also will help.
Of course, the shower step is a barrier when accommodating persons with disabilities. Therefore, ADA-compliant showers eliminate this impediment. This is especially helpful for those confined to a wheelchair. Then the sword swings back the other way – how to deal with water escaping the shower receptor?
The Hidden Threat to Shower Safety
However, what seems to be missing in the many articles on shower safety is a discussion of the risk of accumulated water on the shower floor. What is clear is that many sources point to wet tile as increasing slip-fall risk – especially just outside the shower. And, as we’ve covered in previous blogs here, wet tile and grout can become breeding grounds for mold and mildew. Black splotches, anyone?
But, back to the issue of water … what about accumulated water in the shower base itself? No one seems to address this potential risk. Then let’s add in the increased slip-fall risk coming from the soaps, shampoos and lotions used inside the shower itself, as one blog post recently discussed:
“Be sure that shampoos, soaps, conditioners or bath oils are rinsed thoroughly after bathing, since they can make the tub or shower floor extremely slick.”
This should almost be a no-brainer … one key to a safer shower, then, is a shower receptor that quickly and efficiently moves more water and suds to the drain.
Enter the Velox™ solid surface trench receptor by Endurant®. The ingenious design uses an enhanced slope and grooved channels that accelerate the flow of water and soapy suds to the incorporated trench drain while keeping it where it should be - in the shower. The Velox™ shower receptor also has non-skid textured solid surface material, no step "roll in" capabilities and a durable trench cover, making it ADA compliant.
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