With each year in Europe an alarming 5“12% of patients contracting a nosocomial infection (hospital acquired infection, contracted during or after hospitalisation), the new specialist range of water controls from Douglas Delabie, under its Chavonnet banner, is sure to be of interest for healthcare professionals.
Effective hand washing is the main measure to prevent nosocomial infections and attention to hand hygiene by following a strict hand washing protocol, cross contamination of infections can be reduced.
The specialist supplier of thermostatic control solutions and accessories for the commercial market, has designed the range - fitted in operating theatres, care units, hand washing areas, sterile zones, accommodation areas - to thwart the spread of nosocomial infection (and others) in hospitals, healthcare institutions and retirement homes.
The range includes removable BIOCLIP mixers/taps, where each tap/mixer is supplied with two demountable spouts to enable continuous use, whilst the contaminated spout is removed for effective sterilisation. The spouts are designed to accommodate connection to sterilisation filters.
The BIOCLIP removable mixer tap/spout features anti-stagnation action “a self draining system after each use preventing water stagnation and bacterial development within the sanitary fitting“ and can be removed from its base for disinfection tempering with cold bactericidal solutions.
Bioclip Basin Mixer
This allows, after each use, draining of residual water from the spout, body and cartridge, reducing development and transmission of infectious bacteria (legionella, pseudomomas aeruginosa infection), thus providing additional safety in high-risk areas.
Also included are high spout electronic mixers/taps and long lever mixers to enable effective hand washing during surgical hand washing protocols.
These non-touch electronic tap versions feature anti-legionella duty flush, which activates automatic draining (45 seconds, each 24 hours after last use) to prevent water stagnation and bacteria development in supply pipes, infrared presence detection and anti-scald safety via a thermostatic mixing valve (TMV).
Commercial director Bob Purdom says:"Hospitals and private clinics are places where patients attend with contagious and non-contagious diseases are open to numerous sources of germs and viruses.
Cross infection and lack of rigorous hand hygiene by staff, patients and visitors, are the main sources of nosocomial/hospital acquired infections.
Around 70-90% of noscomial infections result from transmission of bacteria by hand contact. Effective hand hygiene “washing, disinfection“ is the main measure to prevent nosocomial infection. Our range of specific sanitary fittings optimises the effectiveness of hand wash protocols."