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Using antimicrobial additives in our nurse call systems to reduce the level of microbes in clinical environments


To support our Healthcare customers in the fight against healthcare associated infections, at the point of production, SSG incorporates an antimicrobial agent Polygiene BioMaster™ into the touch surfaces of our nurse call systems.

Based on silver ion technology, Polygiene BioMaster™ provides round-the-clock product protection from harmful microorganisms such as MRSA and E.coli. This passive environmental hygiene is a useful line of defence as it inhibits the growth of microbes on treated surfaces, between moments of active environmental hygiene.

Matt Clutton, Product Manager at SSG (Static Systems Group) said: “The addition of Polygiene BioMaster™ into our hand units and toilet pulls helps to keep patients and clinical teams safe by inhibiting the growth of bacteria and microbes on the product, for the entire lifespan of the product.”

The silver ions enter the cell through its outer layer, block the enzymes, preventing the cell from generating energy, and disrupt its DNA, thereby removing its ability to split and replicate.

A clinical swab of surfaces within a silver-treated clinical area revealed a reduction of 92.6% in bacterial load*. A clean environment benefits both patients and staff in areas where good hygiene levels are crucial for clean, safe care.

* Source JIP Reduction of bacterial contamination in a healthcare environment by silver antimicrobial technology – September 2008

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