Antimicrobial handrails from InPro Corp. protect health care environments
SpecialtyFabricsReview.com | August 6, 2012
The double-barreled risk of inadequate hand hygiene and ineffective cleaning led InPro Corp. to launch its new SureContact™ line of handrails.
In an article by the American College of Emergency Physicians, “Efforts to cajole healthcare personnel to clean their hands frequently have just about topped out.” The article cited a recent study by Dr. Philip Carling of more than 62,500 critical touch points in 103 medical institutions. Results showed that only 34 percent were effectively cleaned post-discharge.
“Most academic articles only address hand hygiene and cleaning protocols for hospital personnel. What about the hand hygiene of patients? Even more concerning, what about the hand hygiene of visitors?” asks Mark Alan, senior vice president of product management and development for InPro. “We believe our SureContact handrails may play a role in reducing surface contamination. It is another line of defense.”
SureContact incorporates Sanitized® Zinc Pyrithione non-leaching technology to help reduce microorganisms. The active ingredient electrically depolarizes the microbe’s membrane and inactivates them, creating a permanently protected surface. This physical mode of action does not promote microbe cell mutation and does not leach into the surrounding environment.