RECENT PRODUCT NEWS
Althea – reportedly the world’s largest managed service and maintenance provider – has delivered a major radiology equipment investment at Peterborough City Hospital, including three DR X-ray rooms with Samsung equipment. The rooms incorporate GC85 and GC70 digital radiology equipment selected for its reliability. Samsung describes the GC85 as ‘a fully automated, digital suite designed to reduce physical stress on users, increase patient output, and deliver superb quality images’.
Forbo Flooring Systems has launched ‘an array of services, guidelines, and a new product’ to assist specifiers, contractors and facility managers ‘throughout these challenging times’. Its new a range of Coral logo entrance flooring mats are designed to encourage social distancing and prevent unnecessary slips. There is a choice of four clear and informative designs to choose from, ‘offered at a special price’.
Washroom controls specialist, Rada, says it is working with critical care facilities to support staff and ‘help the NHS win the fight against COVID-19’.
Eschmann Technologies has launched a ‘a revolutionary’ air disinfection system to help protect dentists against the spread of airborne viruses such as COVID-19. The portable air disinfection units use patented plasma technology to eradicate pathogens. Eschmann said: “Novaerus reduces the amount of bioburden in the air, in turn reducing surface bacteria, infections, and odours.” Air is drawn into the units by the internal fan, where contaminants ‘are rapidly and safely destroyed at DNA level’ by an ultra-low energy plasma field generated by an internal coil. ‘Healthy air, free of all contaminants’, is then returned to the room.
Sigma XT gas suppression panels from Kent-based life-critical control system manufacturer, Kentec Electronics, are protecting staff and patients at the NHS Louisa Jordan Hospital in Glasgow at the Scottish Event Campus (SEC), which has a 500-bed capacity for COVID-19 beds.
A hand-held sanitiser that uses ultra-violet (UV) light to inactivate biomolecules and microorganisms including coronavirus Covid-19 has been developed by Oxfordshire UV technologist and manufacturer, Integration Technology. A high-power portable UVC rapid sanitiser, the compact, lightweight SubZero RS-170 is designed for use on all surfaces in applications posing a high risk of public cross-contamination.
Bender UK sys its ‘clinical solutions’ are now available to purchase on the NHS Supply Chain framework, which started on 14 April 2020, and will run for a minimum of 23 months. The framework is designed to offer an effective route to market for clinical technologies, ‘at highly competitive prices’, to provide ‘a whole theatre solution’ for clinical procurement, EBME, and Capital Projects teams.
Technology company, IOBAC, is calling for help to explore the potential for Far Infrared (FIR) heating to help prevent and fight RNA viruses, including coronavirus (COVID-19), following its recent investigation into the availability of scientific studies on ‘the proven health benefits’ of FIR. The company said: “This research unearthed a landmark pre-print study from En-Jing, Li (from the Office of Environmental Protection and Office of Radiation Protection, Peking) and Wei-Hong Huang (of the State Key Laboratory of Molecular Developmental Biology), published in February, ‘Instability of Nucleic Acids in Airborne Microorganisms under Far Infrared Radiation’. The study, which will potentially be published in a journal in June for peer review and analysis, investigated FIR radiation’s effect of on inhibiting airborne microorganisms.”
The Rapido mobile operating trolley – a multifunctional portable trolley or table produced by Merivaara of Finland, which has stepped up production to cope with increased demand as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic – is now available from Bender UK Bender UK says Rapido ‘is ideal for use as a day surgery procedure table, with all the characteristics and functionality of a patient trolley’.
Interfurn is now offering a full bio-decontamination service for hospitals and other healthcare facilities, where there may be a high-level biological contamination risk. Interfurn’s BIOAct-365 Decontamination Service is particularly useful for facilities treating patients during the current Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and is available as a rapid emergency response, or as part of a planned cleaning and maintenance programme.
Kimberly-Clark Professional says its new WypAll Reach Centrefeed System is a fully enclosed, ‘one-wipe clean’, hygienic wiping system that helps prevent transmission of bacteria caused by handling of exposed blue rolls. The company says it provides ‘a safer alternative to traditional loose centrefeed blue rolls, where multiple users can handle a roll up to 70 times before it is finished’. It said: “The system has been designed to reduce cross-contamination and improve hygiene.
A new range of floor signals are designed to help people stay safe and remain two metres apart in public queues and workplaces as organisations move quickly to tackle the spread of coronavirus. Available from Beaverswood, the self-adhesive, high visibility floor signs and hazard tapes are designed to highlight and encourage social distancing in queue lines. The company says they are ideal for use in environments ranging from hospitals and pharmacies to banks, fast food outlets, and petrol stations. Each circular sign is 235 mm in diameter, and ‘highly visible’, with clear warning instruction.
Medical Air Technology (MAT), one of the ‘pioneers’ in critical ventilation for hospitals, and an active member of the Specialised Ventilation for Healthcare Premises Society (SVHPSoc), says it is ‘determined to do everything it can’ to support the NHS through the COVID-19 pandemic.
Abloy UK’s ‘newest innovation in digital security’ – the Abloy BEAT – is a keyless solution that combines three main components: a digital key, a mobile application, and a heavy-duty, IP68-rated, ‘weatherproof’ Bluetooth padlock, all managed with the visual Abloy OS user interface. The company says the ‘future-proof solution’ is designed ‘to boost operational efficiency while securing critical infrastructure, commercial institutions, and industry sites’. Abloy UK added: “Businesses and organisations across the UK have a growing need for the convenience and accessibility of highly secure keyless access solutions – either as an addition to existing workflows, or as a standalone solution. This is particularly true in remote areas, or situations where carrying a physical key can increase the risk in security or even danger for the holder.”
Static Systems Group has introduced a wireless call fob that easily connects to existing wired nurse call systems, giving patients the freedom to move around their room yet still be able to instantly request staff assistance.
Meesons, a leading UK specialist in entrance control solutions, has announced an exclusive distributor agreement with Perimeter Protection Group (PPG) to distribute its Hostile Vehicle Mitigation (HVM) solutions throughout the UK.
New for public and semi-public washrooms, the Conti+ lino SofTouch tap needs only gentle pressure to activate the water flow, which the shower and washrooms solutions specialist says makes it particularly suitable for patients with less hand strength and dexterity.
Medical Air Technology (MAT) has recently competed work at Torbay Hospital, installing two of its new ECO-flow ultraclean ventilation (UCV) canopies as part of a major theatre refurbishment project there.