A revolution for health infrastructure: the future of infection prevention

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Never before has there been greater emphasis on infection control and environmental cleaning practices in hospitals. Over the past two years, healthcare facilities have been forced to assess preparedness levels, often confirming that vital changes are needed in infection prevention plans, or that existing guidelines are torn apart.

Suddenly, everyone has strong opinions on what to do about the spread of harmful germs; germs that contribute to around 300,000 nosocomial infections (HAIs) per year.

Clearly, implementing strong infection prevention strategies is essential. But what does it look like in a post-Covid era? There is no doubt that the consequences of the pandemic will bring far-reaching changes, with a growing need for officials to embrace the changes emerging today.

According to Arjun Luthra, Commercial Director of leading provider of biocompatible solutions BioInteractions, disruptive infection prevention technologies have the potential to revolutionize the entire healthcare ecosystem.

Medical Device Technology spoke to Luthra about how improving all aspects of healthcare, from the surfaces we touch, to the PPE worn by staff, to medical devices implanted in patients, can benefit to both patients and professionals. and suppliers.

The shift towards preventive techniques

“The lack of tools and the lack of preventative routines really put the industry at a disadvantage in terms of the ability to cope with nosocomial infections,” Luthra explains. “Now agencies such as the World Health Organization recognize these problems, and there is a greater movement towards preventive measures.

“People are increasingly interested in these techniques and processes, so now we have a lot more opportunities to invent and innovate products and tools that support them. Ultimately, however, it’s not just about delivering the technology, it’s about implementing new habits.

A recognizable example of these small changes that can have a big impact is the introduction of regular hand washing into the routines. With products like BioInteractions’ TridAnt® Skin Protection, people can significantly reduce the risk of spreading infections.

TridAnt® is the latest technological innovation from BioInteractions. Considered the most effective and advanced antimicrobial technology available on the market, TridAnt® provides 99.99% protection against bacteria, viruses and fungi, with durability up to 365 days and safe compatibility with medical devices.

The range includes TridAnt® Shield protective film, TridAnt® PPE, TridAnt® skin protection and TridAnt® dry wipes. These additions to BioInteractions’ portfolio of multi-action technologies and materials offer a multitude of opportunities for the prevention of infections in hospitals on all surfaces.

Reduce the risk of infection in hospitals

According to Luthra: “One of the most risky places in terms of infection is a hospital. If you are embarking on an invasive procedure, you must take antibiotics to prevent infection, but strict regimens of antibiotics are not a long-term solution for many patients; there has to be an additional or alternative solution, and that is why we have started to innovate in antimicrobial coatings.

Founded in Berkshire in 1991 by Luthra’s father Ajay, BioInteractions paves the way for health and hygiene solutions that fight the transmission of infections through surfaces. In fact, TridAnt® provides the world’s only truly leach-free antimicrobial technology, with durability and stability superior to any other offering, and 100 days of efficacy.

In addition to not degrading in effectiveness over time, BioInteractions antimicrobial coatings offer complete biocompatibility, making them an ideal solution for implantable medical devices.

“Because you have this preventative ecosystem, we can actually move hospitals from one of the riskiest places to the cleanest places in the world. This is where we want to have a real impact on medical devices, PPE and routines, and we will see a reduction in antibiotic prescriptions as people adopt our solutions. ”

What about profitability?

We all want products that last, but are long-lasting products incompatible with preventing the spread of infection? Although disposable or short-term PPE can help reduce the risk of transmission, it is neither cost effective nor durable. But with BioInteractions’ solution, there is now a sustainable way for healthcare providers to cut costs.

“We can really enter the circular economy now because we have face masks that use medical grade antimicrobial coatings. These can be provided to surgeons and nurses to enhance their protection and also allow them much longer use than before.

“For coveralls, gloves and uniforms, we can increase the quality of protection that would be lost over time, reducing expenses, creating more money to spend in more critical areas like cancer research. , diabetes or Alzheimer’s disease. With our solution, healthcare facilities have the opportunity to devote their time and resources to other areas of challenge.

“Not only are we improving the quality of procedures for the patient, but we are also helping to save money through reduced use of PPE, as well as reduced expenses for stringent drug regimens. At the end of the day, we make the health care system a safer place.

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