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INFECTION PREVENTION AND CONTROL


is where antibacterial, antimicrobial products, such as our impact protection sheet really come into their own.


New build and retro-fit – how both can benefit As we previously stated, many new- build developments are now specifying infection control as a high priority, building better healthcare premises that are fit for modern demands. In addition to the benefits that can


be achieved by new build healthcare establishments, those undergoing refurbishment programmes can also reap the same benefits through the specification of antibacterial impervious surface protection. Leading manufacturers and suppliers of


Protection within a Gamma Unit.


in the demand for this type of product in new build projects and with a rise in requirements for refurbishment projects. It appears the sector is now starting to


realise just how tangible the benefits are for staff, patients and building managers alike. The Health Building Note 00-09 issued by the Department of Health2


in the UK


refers to Infection Control in the Built Environment. Point 3.119 refers to wall protection, and 3.125 and 3.126 to door protection. It states that Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) is “for all


stakeholders to understand the basic principles of ‘designed-in’ IPC.” This includes the specification of door


and wall protection, in addition to other infection control methods such as hand washing policies and cleaning guidelines. Combined, the fight against HCAIs could be reduced, raising clinical standards and decreasing the costs associated with the treatment of these type of infections. In the latest UK Five Year Antimicrobial


Resistance Plan (2013-2018) three key elements were identified; Prevention, Preservation and Promotion. Prevention


hygienic wall protection can, more often than not, offer tailored advice and a wide range of products to prevent HCAIs in a variety of settings. Increasing adoption is being seen in operating theatres, public areas of hospitals, care homes, GP surgeries, dental practices and pharmacies. By taking a wider view of infection


control and putting measures in place to minimise the transference and spread of infection positive results can be enjoyed. While we appreciate the cost element that is involved with the specification and subsequent fitting of wall and door protection sheets, the decrease in costs associated with the treatment of HCAIs make a compelling business case.


How does protection sheet work and how can you integrate this added protection into your healthcare building or care home? Antibacterial sheets are impregnated with an anti-bacterial resistant substance which means that bacteria can’t adhere to, or penetrate, the walls and doors where the sheet is applied. Robust cleaning is still required, but peace of mind is given to facilities managers and infection control managers. The specification of such products works in tandem with other measures in place.


It is important that a sheet is chosen


that offers high levels of antibacterial protection but also adheres to other elements of building protection, such as fire safety ratings. Furthermore, the sheet should be easy to fit and integrity should not be compromised during the fitting process.


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An antibacterial impact protection sheet, such as Hygienilac, uses an antibacterial agent that prevents bacteria’s access to nutrients, and is proven to kill 99.9% of almost all species of bacteria including MRSA, Salmonella and E. coli. It offers an impact resistant surface that can be applied to doors, walls and cupboards to provide protection and to assist in the easy cleaning and maintenance of these surfaces.


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