Critical ventilation systems for the safe handling of dangerous pathogens

“Containment laboratories must be designed and built so as to prevent or control the exposure of laboratory workers, other persons and the environment to the biological agent in use.” Medical Research Council: Standards for Containment Level 3 Facilities

'Reliable protection and maximum flexibility'

Assa Abloy says its new eCLIQ electronic locking system offers users’ reliable protection and maximum flexibility for a wide range of buildings and facilities’.

Featuring a ‘pioneering’ chip and 128-bit AES encryption, the system has been developed to offer high security and resistance to electronic attack. Its ‘proven technology and advanced microelectronics’ ensure quick and secure communication between lock and key, while the eCLIQ cylinders and programmable keys are reportedly ‘robust enough to withstand the harshest weather conditions’.

Company’s foundation for digitising FM

Churchill Services describes its new compliance software platform, ‘CATI’ (Compliance Assurances through Insight), as the initial foundation for its vision to ‘digitise FM’.

The company said: “Our first ‘SaaS-based’ digital solution has been developed specifically for the built environment to simplify and redefine FM compliance management. CATI’s dashboard presents unparalleled visibility of an organisation’s entire property portfolio – illustrating the status of all 33 common statutory compliance obligations within a building.

Hitting back at HAIs

Due to the use of antibiotics, health care acquired infections (HCAIs) are more resistant than ever, placing renewed emphasis on hand hygiene.

Infrared shower panels prove popular

Amid rising energy costs and funding cuts, reducing water wastage in healthcare facilities is becoming increasingly important.

Mixers with retracting hand sprays

Delabie has launched a range of mixers with retracting hand sprays in mechanical, pressure-balancing, and thermostatic versions ‘for enhanced safety and improved comfort’.

Comprehensive Doc M packs

Armitage Shanks has launched new Doc M packs to make it easier to ensure that facilities fulfil Part M of the Building Regulations and satisfy the 2010 Equality Act.

Remote water monitoring platform to be launched

Cistermiser Keraflo is preparing to launch LinkThru, ‘an innovative water temperaturemonitoring platform set to change the way hospitals and healthcare facilities manage infection control’

From plant room to patient

Precision UK, which designs, manufactures, and supplies medical gas pipeline equipment, claims to be ‘the only truly British company’ accredited to ISO 9001, ISO 13485 and 93/42/EEC The Medical Device Directive to offer the complete range of medical gas pipeline equipment, fully CE marked and manufactured in its own UK factory.

Managing risk, maintaining safety

The Compliance Audit and Risk Assessment (CARA) service from BOC Medical Engineering Risk Management Services is designed to give hospitals the information necessary to manage risk on their medical gas pipeline system, in line with HTM 02-01 guidelines.

‘Smart door handle’ sanitises hands

PullClean, an ‘innovative door handle’ that sanitises the user’s hands, reportedly ‘triples the rate of hand sanitisation rates’, and provides feedback on usage through a monitoring system, has been launched in the UK by Altitude Medical UK.

Door closers are good for health

Available in standard and free swing versions, Powermatic controlled, concealed door closers are totally concealed when the door is closed, delivering a host of benefits in aesthetics, hygiene, safety and well-being that are proving extremely popular with specifiers, clinicians and facilities managers throughout the healthcare sector.

Creating safer stairs with less fall risk

Healthcare environments pose a higher risk of fall accidents on stairs, Gradus points out.

Seamless, sustainable, and hard-wearing

Corques Liquid Lino is a new, ‘seamless, hard-wearing floorcovering’ from Linoleum Concept, made from ‘environmentally friendly, sustainable products’ such as cork, linseed oil, and wood flour.

Maximum impact, minimum downtime

Altro’s Cantata product – its first adhesive-free flooring for areas with a low slip risk – is demonstrating its capabilities at Warrington Hospital in a busy nonclinical corridor.

Generating revenue from unused space

PKL is launching three new products designed to help NHS Trusts generate income from spaces that are currently under-utilised – the Design Series Food Cube, the Space Station indoor modular retail base, and the ‘Podule’ modular solution.

Prefabricated relocatable theatres

Forta Medical has launched what it dubs ‘a new generation’ of prefabricated modular operating theatres, with several variants available, including for general and ultraclean surgery.

Framework can save Trusts time and money

November’s 2017 autumn Budget saw the Government announce a ‘presumption in favour of offsite construction by 2019, across suitable capital programmes’.

‘Complete filtering solution’for HVAC users

Four UK specialist suppliers – RABScreen, Galebreaker, DHD Cooling, and GVS Filter Technology – have teamed up to provide a complete filtering and filter screen solution to HVAC users.

Mobile decontamination ‘first’

Endoscopy departments across the UK now have access to what is claimed to be UK’s first mobile decontamination unit.

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