RECENT PRODUCT NEWS
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.
David Bailey Furniture Systems (DBFS), has been selected by Bouygues UK to provide healthcare furniture for the new University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (UCLH) Proton Beam Therapy facility, currently under construction on the site of the hospital’s former Rosenheim Wing, and expected to treat its first PBT patients during 2021.
Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has appointed Static Systems Group to upgrade the nurse call and bedhead services trunking in Ward C5, the dedicated Dialysis Unit at Addenbrooke’s Hospital.
Hull University Teaching NHS Trust has bought three SAS Super 180 air samplers from specialist supplier of environmental monitoring and process validation systems, Cherwell Laboratories, for environmental monitoring of the operating theatres at its Castle Hill Hospital near Cottingham and Hull Royal Infirmary, to ensure surgical site cleanliness for infection control purposes.
Multitone says its workflow mobile tasking ‘app’ can ‘minimise the risks to patient care caused by difficulties in locating beds, mattresses, and other vital healthcare equipment. The company said: “When a specific item is required, it can take hours, or even days, to locate. Consider how many thousands of pieces of equipment there are in a typical hospital, and the size of the problem becomes clear. This can include missing beds, mattresses, drip stands, and even syringe drivers, to name but a few commonly misplaced items.”
Specialist in folding partitions and acoustic moveable walls, Building Additions, says that with continuing pressures on bed space, it has enabled many UK hospitals to make their wards more flexible in the past year, and enhance infection control via segregation, through the provision of its folding fabric partitions. Healthcare facilities it has supplied partitions to include St Peter’s Hospital in Chertsey, Victoria Hospital, Wallasey, Russell’s Hall Hospital, Dudley, Airedale General, Keighley, and the Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham.