Last month, the Sepsis Trust challenged the Department of Health’s estimates for the numbers of people dying from superbugs in the UK, claiming that their estimate of 5,000 deaths per annum was flawed and that the true figure is more like 12,000. If the Sepsis Trust are right, this means that superbugs now kill more people in the UK than breast cancer.
Hospitals and other healthcare facilities across the world have had to up their game in the battle against superbugs, so cleaning regimes have significantly improved and personal hygiene has been encouraged at every level, almost to the point of obsession. It is inevitable of course that patients whose physical resistance is low, as a result of the illness that has brought them into hospital in the first place, will be more susceptible to further infections such as MRSA, E-coli, C-Difficile etc.
It has also been widely reported in the media that the overuse of the current family of antibiotics in both Healthcare and Agriculture has resulted in an increasing number of antibiotic resistant bacteria, and it seems that a new generation of antibiotics may be coming too late to prevent superbugs from taking further hold.
The element of prevention that has so far seemed to evade the attention of the world’s media, is the increasing number of products on the market that are impregnated with antimicrobial additives at the point of their manufacture. There are three key points about this:
• Because the products are impregnated with antimicrobial additives, their antimicrobial integrity remains intact if they are snapped, scratched or scuffed.
• The treatment is permanent, for the lifetime of the products, so the only maintenance required exists within existing cleaning regimes.
• The term ‘antimicrobial’ covers a range of microbes including bacteria, protozoans, fungi, and mould, therefore antimicrobial products provide a much wider protection than their antibacterial equivalents.
BioClad has been manufacturing antimicrobial wall panels since 2008, and their performance has been proven time and again in healthcare, educational, food, hotel, sports and leisure facilities. The antimicrobial additive interrupts the breeding cycle of the microbes, which means that they cannot reproduce, therefore BioClad achieves zero incidence within just two hours of installation.
All of our products are subject to rigorous independent testing, and every batch of BioClad manufactured is required to surpass extremely strict performance guidelines.