Digging deeper to fight HAIs


Digging deeper to fight HAIs

Armitage Shanks has been working in partnership with leading scientists and specialists to develop two new innovative healthcare solutions, helping the fight against infection in hospitals. 

The new Markwik 21+ fittings and Contour 21+ clinical ceramics ranges have been developed in response to the evolving threats in hospitals and push forward hygiene innovation and bacterial prevention.  The range provides a complete solution, helping to reduce the opportunity for bacteria to grow throughout hospitals 

It comes as the International Scientific Forum on Home Hygiene (IFH) confirms that areas featuring sanitary ware are virulent breeding grounds for bacteria and viruses. Furthermore, a report by the House of Commons on ‘Reducing healthcare associated infection in hospitals in England’,  found that annually 300,000 people contract an HAI  after a hospital visit, creating a £1 billion additional care cost for the NHS. 

It also advises that appropriate sanitary precautions can actively prevent the spreading of dangerous germs. Markwik 21+ and Contour 21+ achieve this by addressing pooling and water stagnation, reducing splashing and the amount of static water in the system, working with materials that limit the opportunity for bacteria to feed, and providing a flexible maintenance system for cleansing fixtures and fittings. 

Tony Rheinberg from Armitage Shanks said: “Armitage Shanks has a well-earned reputation, especially in the field of healthcare and infection control. The new Contour 21+ and Markwik 21+ ranges demonstrate our innovation based approach, which is built on 200 years of experience and continues to pushes forward with healthcare innovation, aiding the battle in the fight against infection. We have taken a scientific approach, working with a host of leading NHS trust partners and researchers in order to bring new clinical solutions to all areas of the hospital. Often some of the most simple of issues can be the most difficult to solve - and that’s what makes our new hydrofin design so ground-breaking, as it reduces the recognised major risks of spreading infection caused by splashing water from a tap in a basin.” 

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