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NEW TECHNOLOGY NOW APPLIED TO ALL OUR BEDS AND COTS

NEW TECHNOLOGY NOW APPLIED TO ALL OUR BEDS AND COTS
30/07/2013

In recent years, the emergence of chemical and antibiotic resistant strains of bacteria (MRSA, VRSA, VRE and others) within high-risk environments has caused major problems for the Health Service due to Hospital Acquired Infections (HAI).

New technology now provides us with the opportunity to treat all our beds and cots with an environmentally friendly, protection against microbes. We have always used antimicrobial treated fabrics for our padding and surrounds but up until now environmentally friendly antimicrobial protection hasn’t been available for the wood and metal hard surfaces.

The coating permanently bonds to the surface and leaves a highly durable, active antimicrobial coating reducing risk from bacteria and cross-contamination. This coating lasts over the normal life of the treated surface. It provides an active antimicrobial surface for health purposes by continually inhibiting the growth of harmful microbes such as bacteria, fungi, mould, mildew, algae, yeasts and viruses.

Unlike conventional biocides that are designed to leach and be absorbed by micro-organisms, this technology permanently bonds to the application's surface. It acts like a bed of nails, destroying micro-organisms on contact by rupturing the cell membrane (this is known as a 'mechanical kill'). This advance in technology makes the antimicrobial a safer, more effective alternative to conventional biocides, sanitisers, disinfectants or bleaches which may contaminate the environment with undesirable chemicals.

Safety has always played a pivotal role in our design process along with aesthetic principles. We try to give equal thought to the needs of the cared for person and the carer although sometimes the wishes of both can be conflicting. With so may requests for windows we decided we had to try to accommodate this wish without compromising the safety and quality everybody has come to expect from Kinderkey Healthcare. We have been putting Perspex windows in our cots for some time now but the majority of people who need our beds also need protective padding which renders the Perspex window useless apart from making the bed look nice. There are two reasons a see through side or a window may be requested:

  1. A carer may need to observe the person in the bed.

  2. A person in the bed might like to see out.

Very often clients, particularly children, enjoy the encompassing, protective feeling of there own space when they are in a bed surround or a Bearhugzzz and wouldn’t want the intrusion of a window but for those carers and cared for who would, we can now put soft windows into all our padding.

For more information follow this link: NEW TECHNOLOGY NOW APPLIED TO ALL OUR BEDS AND COTS

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