Surfaceskins

Each time the Surfaceskins pad is pressed, the surface self-disinfects almost immediately, by releasing a small quantity of antibacterial gel via the micro-valved top sheet. Surfaceskins are designed to kill deposited germs in SECONDS, thus providing a self-sterilising surface to protect every door user.

Surfaceskins have been proven to achieve kill rates in SECONDS against E.Coli, Salmonella, S.Aureus, E.Faecalis over 7 days, during independent In-Vitro Trials. Surfaceskins solve a serious infection control problem and complement existing gel dispensers and hand cleaning, by keeping washed hands clean and preventing the spread of germs to yourself and others. In short, gel dispensers and hand washing make hands clean, Surfaceskins KEEP hands clean, when passing through a door. Two systems, [Surfaceskins & gel dispensers / hand washing] with very different infection control roles and benefits working together.

Further benefits include standardisation of cleaning in key areas, no more being forced to touch dirty contact surfaces and a low cost, simple retro-fit system, with globally patented and proven technology. The products also show your customers your organisation’s passion for infection control, hand hygiene and cleanliness.

Surfaceskins Scientific Paper released via the JOHI: We are delighted to announce the release of a scientific paper on the efficacy of Surfaceskins, co-written by Professor Mark Wilcox and available to view on the Journal of Hospital Infection website: http://www.journalofhospitalinfection.com/article/S0195-6701(17)30409-7/fulltext

The Problem

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* European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control
** WHO Guidelines on Hand Hygiene in Healthcare
*** Wojgani et al. (2012) PLoS ONE 7(10): e40171.

An estimated 5 million Healthcare Associated Infections occur in European acute care hospitals annually, which equates to 25 million extra days of hospital stay with a corresponding economic burden of €13 – 24 billion.*

Hand hygiene compliance by healthcare workers has been shown to be less than 30% in some instances.**

Numerous studies have identified door handles and push plates as prime sources of microbial contamination.*** Although it is possible to reduce bacteria on standard door handles by cleaning them regularly, even with regular cleaning bacteria were detected on more than 20% of handles examined.

The Solution

Surfaceskins are door push pads and pull handles that self-disinfect in seconds, to prevent the transmission of pathogens from one door user to the next, breaking the chain of infection.

Surfaceskins have been developed in collaboration with key international infection control experts and material scientists to specifically help reduce the transmission of germs from repeated door contact.

NHS and other independent laboratory tests have demonstrated that Surfaceskins products kill most harmful bacteria and viruses quickly and effectively.

Surfaceskins door pushpads have been tested to seven days use or 1000 activations (whichever occurs first), after this they can be easily replaced with a new pad to ensure maximum protection.

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How it Works

Surfaceskins work just like a normal door plate. When a user pushes open a door using the Surfaceskins pushpad, the contact surface releases a small quantity of the same type of alcohol gel as used in hospitals. This disinfects the surface and reduces the risk of hand contamination of harmful bacteria to the next person to use the door.

Alternative antimicrobial door plates are far less effective* and can take up to 24 hours to kill bacteria. Surfaceskins kills germs in seconds.

Surfaceskins mode of action mimics the effect of disinfecting the surface with an antibacterial wipe after every contact, helping to prevent the spread of infection. Surfaceskins should be used in combination with hand gel dispensers. Surfaceskins help prevent the spread of germs and hand dispensers help to kill germs present on hands. Together they represent powerful multi faceted weaponry in the fight against infection.

Performance Data

Surfaceskins have been successfully validated by numerous in vitro trials at NHS hospitals and internationally-renowned microbiology research organisations.

In these trials, pushpads were deliberately contaminated by contaminated fingertips, then the touched areas were tested sixty seconds after being contaminated. Trials have compared Surfaceskins against combinations of antimicrobial copper and aluminium door plates with E.coli, E.faecilis, Salmonella enterica, Staphylococcus aureus, and feline calcivirus (a surrogate for human norovirus). After seven days of repeated testing, Surfaceskins were consistently found to be much more effective at reducing contamination – showing over a 90%  drop in colony forming units in the majority of tests.

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Awards

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Surfaceskins' awards include:

  • Medilink Innovation in Healthcare Award, Sheffield Healthcare Gateway 
  • Shell LiveWIRE Grand Ideas Award
  • Venturefest Innovation Showcase Award
  • Innovation of the Year – Yorkshire Post Excellence in Business Awards