GUARANTEED According to the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), an estimated 300,000 patients a year in England acquire a healthcare- associated infection (HCAI) after spending time being looked after in the NHS.

NICE reports that HCAIs are estimated to cost the NHS approximately £1bn a year. These monetary values do not even include the physical and mental health cost to patients and healthcare workers.

HCAIs include a large number of infections, such as the well-known infections caused by meticillin- resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), meticillin-sensitive Staphylococcus aureus (MSSA), Clostridium difficile (C.diff) and Escherichia coli (E. coli). Guidelines published by organisations like NICE and Public Health England, give detailed instructions on the prevention of these infections in all parts of the health service.

While we have become very familiar with some of the measures that can be taken to reduce the spread of infections like hand washing and wearing appropriate PPE, there are additional technologies that can be used to complement these practices. One of these is the introduction of antimicrobial technology. This technology inhibits the growth of a range of microorganism on the surface of the product. It does not protect against viral infections.

Bacteria and other microbes can be spread by touching contaminated surfaces, objects or people. As with all infections, breaking the chain of transmission is vital to controlling the spread. This may sound easy enough – just wash your hands or change gloves and other PPE between touching different people. What about the microbes on the surface of more permanent pieces of equipment that get touched a lot? Do light switches, control panels, alarm buttons and personal attack alarms, for example, really get cleaned and disinfected

Biomaster is based on silver ion technology and can be added to polymers, textiles, paper, paints and coatings. The antimicrobial features of silver have been known for centuries. Apparently, even Hippocrates discussed the use of silver in wound care in his writings. The silver ions in Biomaster work in three ways: disrupting the bacteria cell wall, interfering with the production of enzymes therefore stopping energy production and preventing DNA replication.

Pinpoint incorporates Biomaster antimicrobial technology into the products of its staff security system including Personal Infrared Transmitters (PITs), call buttons and display units, etc. The technology starts to work straight away and is effective for the life of the product. It is built-in, doesn’t wash or wear off or leach out. Tested to ISO standard, Biomaster is safe to use and can be recycled as normal.

thoroughly multiple times during each shift?

That is where antimicrobial technology can make a significant difference. Pinpoint Ltd is working with Addmaster, manufacturer of antimicrobial technology Biomaster, to add extra product protection to its staff safety systems.

Although this antimicrobial technology makes Pinpoint devices more hygienic by reducing the ability of microbes to grow on the surface, it does not replace standard hygiene protocols or protect against viral infections.

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