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Hygiene and Infection Control
SpectraSan24 to be displayed at ISSA/Interclean show
Infection control : 07 October, 2009
BioTech Medical and Pure Bioscience are demonstrating new anti-microbial technology on their stand at the ISSA/Interclean show in Chicago
 
Study results published for DuraPrep infection control solution
Infection control : 06 October, 2009
Detailed study available from 3M Health Care on the effects of DuraPrep and other solutions on Pre-operative skin preparations and Post-operative wound care
 
Disinfecting wipes help eradicate swine flu virus
Cleaning and disinfecting equipment : 02 October, 2009
Tests show that the Tuffie 5 wipe from Vernacare destroys the swine flu virus
 
Anti-microbial silver dressings for improved wound care
Infection control : 17 September, 2009
The development of ON-Q SilverDressings from I-Flow is set to cut surgical site infections with its anti-microbial protection layer
 
Antipodean branch of Vernacare set up
Infection control : 14 September, 2009
Vernacare launches into the infection prevention and waste disposal market in Australia and New Zealand by setting up a dedicated business unit serving the area
 
Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust wipes out five major groups of pathogens
Cleaning and disinfecting equipment : 20 August, 2009
Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust is introducing the new Tuffie 5 wipe across the entire Darent Valley Hospital site.
 
BD Diagnostics expands software tools to prevent and control infectious diseases
Infection control : 07 August, 2009
BD Diagnostics is expanding its portfolio of tools to prevent and control infectious diseases by adding software systems for the surveillance of infections and associated risk factors among patients and healthcare workers, and in the community.
 
Vernaclean Indicator green tape rolls out nine million metres for the NHS
Infection control : 16 July, 2009
The ′green means clean’ method of visual management is helping to raise standards of infection prevention thanks to an innovation from medical products manufacturer Vernacare.
 
Vernacare launches new Technical Services division
Macerators : 03 July, 2009
Vernacare is launching a new Technical Services division – dedicated to commissioning, servicing and maintaining its market leading macerators.
 
BioCote sees antimicrobial technology drive up export sales
Infection control : 26 June, 2009
The UK’s leading antimicrobial technology company, BioCote, declares record export sales for 2008/9, with an increase of 173 per cent on the previous financial year.
 
Argentech agrees to buy Opti-Silver antiviral technology from Invision
Infection control : 25 June, 2009
Argentech reaches agreement with Invision International Health Solutions to purchase the rights to Opti-Silver, a patented antibacterial and antiviral technology that utilizes ionic silver in a complex for optimal delivery in the human body.
 
Versus introduces new IR-RFID-based hand hygiene compliance solution
Infection control : 10 June, 2009
Versus Technology is introducing a Hand Hygiene Compliance Solution to automatically measure instances of both hand hygiene compliance and non-compliance to help hospitals protect patient safety and meet regulatory and internal hand hygiene policies.
 
Cepheid reveals speakers and programme for HAI testing seminar
Infection control : 08 June, 2009
Cepheid announces speaker and programme highlights for its ′On-Demand HAI Testing: Good Medicine and Good Business’ symposium, which the company will host at the 2009 Association for Professionals in Infection Control (APIC) annual conference, taking place in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, June 7 to 10, 2009.
 
Angelica expands the use of first EPA-registered oxygen bleach sanitizer to all service centres
Infection control : 08 June, 2009
Angelica is to expand its use of Ecolab's AdvaCare 120 Sanitizer/Sour, the first EPA-registered oxygen bleach sanitizer, to all its service centres across the USA after testing the product successfully at selected locations.
 
Oxoid reveals details of new Infection Control Seminar
Infection control : 19 May, 2009
The next Oxoid Infection Control Seminar is to take place on 02 June 2009 at The Belfry, West Midlands, UK.
 
Prototype of new porter’s chair is unveiled by Vernacare
Infection control : 12 May, 2009
UK medical products manufacturer Vernacare plans to trial its pioneering new porter’s chair at seven ′showcase hospitals’ and various healthcare exhibitions as part of the Design Bugs Out Challenge.
 
Ultrawave teams up with MAS and Quantum CAD to enhance product development
Decontamination equipment and services : 08 May, 2009
MAS Wales, in conjunction with Neath-based Quantum CAD, is helping Ultrawave, which is the UK's largest independently-owned specialist ultrasonic cleaning company, to modify and improve many of its products, taking advantage of technological advances, in order that its customers continue to be offered an exemplary product range.
 
Ultrawave ultrasonic cleaner is approved for Scottish Dental Procurement Contract
Decontamination equipment and services : 07 May, 2009
Ultrawave's Hygea 1250 ultrasonic cleaner is approved for the Scottish Healthcare Supplies procurement contract for decontamination equipment.
 
New UVC kit helps destroy flu viruses, bacteria and mould
Infection control : 06 May, 2009
A new UVC Kit for Air Handlers from Steril-Aire may be used in a wide range of HVAC applications to destroy microorganisms including flu viruses, bacteria and mould.
 
Ultrawave achieves ISO13485 quality accreditation
Decontamination equipment and services : 01 May, 2009
Ultrawave achieves additional ISO13485 quality certification which is a key factor that enables the company to sell its cleaning equipment to medical device and pharmaceutical markets both in the UK and overseas.
 
Northampton General Hospital focuses visual best practice to raise hospital hygiene
Infection control : 01 May, 2009
Northampton General Hospital is using a new visual management infection prevention technique to support improved hospital hygiene and achieve NHS Standards for Better Health.
 
Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust claims Infection Control Prize
Infection control : 24 April, 2009
The first prize of £5,000 in the 2008/2009 Oxoid Infection Control Team of the Year Awards is awarded to the Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust, Birmingham, England.
 
I-Flow receives 510(k) clearance for new stabilised antimicrobial wound gel
Infection control : 12 March, 2009
I-Flow, through its wholly-owned subsidiary AcryMed, has received 510(k) clearance from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for its stabilised antimicrobial wound gel.
 
Hywel Dda NHS Trust selects Vernacare’s Tuffie 5 wipe for use in acute units
Infection control : 26 February, 2009
The Carmarthenshire division of Hywel Dda NHS Trust is targeting infection prevention with a series of measures that include the introduction of Vernacare’s new Tuffie 5 wipe that eradicates the major five major groups of pathogens such as clostridium difficile (C.diff), MRSA and E Coli.
 
Monklands Hospital introduce Vernacare Indicator tape to help fight infections
Infection control : 19 February, 2009
Staff at Monklands Hospital and across NHS Lanarkshire are further strengthening their resolve to fight infection by introducing the Vernacare Indicator tape which is signed and dated by hospital staff after cleaning equipment, such as commodes, and sealed around the equipment as evidence of decontamination.
 
Filligent receives CE certification for its anti-infective medical face mask
Infection control : 18 February, 2009
Hong Kong based biotech company, Filligent has achieved CE certification for its innovative, anti-infective medical face mask.
 
Last call for Oxoid Infection Control Team of the Year Awards
Infection control : 03 February, 2009
Entries for 2008/2009 Oxoid Infection Control Team of the Year Awards, with a first prize of £5,000, and 2nd and 3rd prizes of £1,000 and £500 respectively, must be received by 13 February 2009.
 
Topical nanoemulsion shows ability to kill resistant strains of bacteria
Cleaning and disinfecting equipment : 02 February, 2009
Scientists at NanoBio and the University of Michigan have demonstrated a novel topical nanoemulsion kills the highly resistant strains of bacteria that cause chronic illness and death among individuals with cystic fibrosis.
 
APIC plans to expand Targeting Zero initiative for 2009 to prevent HAIs
Infection control : 23 January, 2009
The Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) plans to expand its successful Targeting Zero initiative for 2009 to offer comprehensive education and guidance to prevent the most common and fatal healthcare-associated infections (HAIs).
 
Underbench washer-disinfector quickly cleans theatre shoes and footwear
Decontamination equipment and services : 21 January, 2009
Decontamination equipment specialist Lancer is now offering an underbench washer-disinfector for fast recycling of footwear while also reducing infection risks in hospital theatres and wards.
 
New air-sanitising system can be programmed to suit air quality demands
Cleaning and disinfecting equipment : 20 January, 2009
Prolitec has developed a new chemical formulation and delivery system that can be programmed to sanitise the air continuously or during specific times of day throughout HVAC ducts and occupied enclosed spaces - with applications ranging from homes to medical facilities; doctor, dentist and long-term care facilities.
 
Washer disinfector ensures decontamination of surgical instruments
Decontamination equipment and services : 16 January, 2009
The Hospitalia L10 4 DP washer disinfector from Lancer is designed to ensure efficient and effective decontamination of surgical instruments in SSD and conforms to all current guidelines.
 
Vernacare collaborates with Minima to develop hospital porter’s chair to combat HCAI
Cleaning and disinfecting equipment : 13 January, 2009
Vernacare is aiming to revolutionise the traditional hospital porter’s chair by working with design consultancy Minima to develop a radical new concept that ′designs bugs out’.
 
Automated Endoscope Reprocessor offers fast endoscope decontamination
Decontamination equipment and services : 07 January, 2009
The new Getinge POKA-YOKE AER (Automated Endoscope Reprocessor) available from Lancer features a new design that enables effective, HTM2030 compliant, decontamination in small, awkward shaped rooms which are common within listed buildings that are typical sites for endoscopy treatment departments.
 
Vernacare helps Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre NHS Foundation Trust reduce C Diff cases
Cleaning and disinfecting equipment : 07 January, 2009
As part of a hard-hitting attack on infection, the Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre NHS Foundation Trust recently organised a series of road shows to raise awareness about C Diff and the preventative actions that can be taken.
 
PureCart Systems unveils portable disinfecting system for healthcare facilities
Cleaning and disinfecting equipment : 18 December, 2008
PureCart Systems has launched PureMist, an innovative product designed as a portable disinfecting system for healthcare facilities.
 
Stryker incorporates Agion's antimicrobial into a new pain management catheter
Infection control : 18 December, 2008
Agion Technologies has signed an agreement with Stryker's Instruments Division to incorporate Agion's natural antimicrobial technology into a new pain management catheter.
 
Green Ribbon project shows clear hygiene control benefits
Cleaning and disinfecting equipment : 05 December, 2008
The innovative Green Ribbon hospital cleanliness project was studied by David Nicholson, chief executive of the NHS, during a recent visit to Broomfield Hospital, Chelmsford in Essex, UK.
 
Texas Hospital Association endorses Cardinal Health's MedMined tool to combat HAIs
Infection control : 05 December, 2008
Hospitals across Texas have a new way to safeguard patients and combat deadly health care associated infections (HAIs) thanks to Cardinal Health and the Texas Hospital Association (THA).
 
Entries open for the 2008/2009 Oxoid Infection Control Team of the Year Awards
Infection control : 25 November, 2008
The 2008/2009 Oxoid Infection Control Team of the Year Awards are now open for entry.
 
EnviroSystems and Minntech agree to expand distribution into Japan
Cleaning and disinfecting equipment : 13 November, 2008
Anpath Group’s wholly-owned subsidiary, EnviroSystems (ESI) has entered into an agreement with Minntech to expand its international distribution into Japan.
 
Oxoid offers test kit range for diagnosing toxic shock syndrome
Microbiology test equipment : 06 November, 2008
Oxoid is offering a range of kits for the detection of bacterial toxins, including the staphylococcal exotoxins that are primarily responsible for toxic shock syndrome.
 
Vernacare offers cost savings for cleansing foam to care for incontinent patients
Cleaning and disinfecting equipment : 03 November, 2008
Vernacare’s Senset Skin Cleansing Foam has been awarded sole supplier status by NHS Supply Chain and is available at a saving of up to 11.2 percent from 1 December 2008.
 
Vernacare briefs international partners on new business developments
Cleaning and disinfecting equipment : 27 October, 2008
Healthcare distributors from as far afield as New Zealand, Australia and South Africa, and across Europe, came along to Vernacare’s International Partners Conference to find out more about the company’s pulp bedpans and other infection prevention products that are sold in 46 countries around the globe.
 
Vernacare introduces new antibacterial macerator deodoriser for sluice rooms
Cleaning and disinfecting equipment : 03 October, 2008
A new antibacterial macerator deodoriser introduced by Vernacare combats bacteria while providing a fresh lemon fragrance to the sluice room environment.
 
MacDermid Autotype launches antimicrobial hard coated polyester film for hospital surfaces
Infection control : 02 October, 2008
MacDermid Autotype has launched a hard coated polyester film specially designed to offer antimicrobial protection for hospital surfaces.
 
Verathon publishes free Infection Prevention Information Kit for CA-UTIs
Infection control : 30 September, 2008
Verathon is offering a free Infection Prevention Information Kit designed to help hospitals implement strategies to reduce catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CA-UTIs).
 
Chemstar releases new drain sanitizer
Cleaning and disinfecting equipment : 25 September, 2008
Chemstar has released the newest version of its Foam San product designed to safely and efficiently control Listeria, Salmonella, E. coli, and insects in floor drains.
 
Bedford Hospital NHS Trust trials single-use washbowls to reduce infection risks
Cleaning and disinfecting equipment : 15 September, 2008
Bedford Hospital NHS Trust has teamed up with Vernacare to reduce the risk of cross infection from the use of shared plastic washbowls.
 
Multi-function mobile chair combats cross-infections
Infection control : 04 September, 2008
James Spencer’s new, upgraded Stalham commode, shower and sanichair has been designed to combat cross-infection.
 
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