Surfaceskins

Engineered by infection control experts and materials scientists to reduce the transmission of germs in seconds from repeated door contact. With over 5 years of development & validation in NHS Laboratories, hospital & schools.

Engineered to KILL deposited germs in SECONDS

 

  • Alternative copper, silver & plastic based products can take many hours to achieve a similar germ kill level
  • Proven in multiple successful In-Vitro Trials, with excellent performance data & two key JOHI study publications
  • Promotes existing Infection Control Practices & Proven to increase gel dispenser usage by 80%
  • Demonstrates commitment to hygiene & well-being for staff, patients & visitors
  • Validated in NHS Laboratory
  • Low Cost & Quick and Easy to Install

Key Infection Control Role

The problem

 

“80% of infections are transmitted by hands”
Centre for Disease Control & Prevention

Multiple people can pass through a door seconds apart. It only takes one person depositing germs and bacteria on the door plate to potentially put subsequent users at risk.

The solution

 

Surfaceskins are engineered to self-disinfect in seconds, preventing the spread of germs and protecting every user.

How it works

 

Surfaceskins release alcohol gel, killing germs & bacteria in the vital seconds between one user and the next passing through the door.

Supports & actively promotes existing infection control practices

Study shows implementation of Surfaceskins INCREASES hand hygiene compliance & awareness by 80%.

Surfaceskins Technology

Surfaceskins are proven to KILL E.Coli, Salmonella, S.Aureus, E.Faecalis in SECONDS over 7 days, during independent In-Vitro Trials. They are effective against bacteria & some viruses.



Each time a Surfaceskins push pad is pressed, the micro-valved top sheet releases a small quantity of alcohol gel, to achieve self-disinfection of the top surface in SECONDS.

This is vital as people can pass through a door only seconds apart.

The Performance Advantage: Surfaceskins are engineered to kill deposited germs in the VITAL SECONDS between one user and the next passing through the door, offering each individual maximum protection from previous door users, whilst actively promoting the increased use of alcohol gel dispensers and hand washing. Alternative silver and plastic based products can take many hours to achieve a similar germ kill level.

Surfaceskins solve a serious infection control problem and complement existing gel dispensers and hand cleaning. Hand washing and gel dispensers clean hands, but as soon as you touch a door you risk becoming contaminated from a previous door user. Surfaceskins are NOT designed to clean hands, but are engineered to kill deposited germs and bacteria in the VITAL seconds between one user and the next passing through the door, thus helping prevent the spread of some of the germs, viruses and bacteria associated with healthcare associated infections (HAI’s).

Performance Data & JOHI Publications

Scientific Talk by Professor Mark Wilcox:

The Potential of Surfaceskins:
Professor Mark Wilcox’s talk at the 2018 Health + Care Trade Show in London entitled: The Potential of Alcohol release door plates to reduce surface contamination during hand contact: A Surfaceskins Study.

Journal of Hospital Infection [JOHI] Studies on Surfaceskins.

JOHI Publication 1:
Efficacy Study to show the Potential of Alcohol release door plates to REDUCE surface contamination during hand Contact. co-written by Professor Mark Wilcox.

JOHI Publication 2:
Study to show that Surfaceskins INCREASES hand hygiene compliance & awareness by 80%.

Surfaceskins are effective against bacteria and some viruses, such as coronavirus. They have been successfully validated by numerous in vitro trials including NHS laboratories and internationally renowned microbiology research organisations.

In these trials, push pads 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.

Effectiveness / Mode of Action

Operating Mode of Action

Surfaceskins work by releasing a small amount of gel under the fingers and hands when pressed by door users, which immediately self-disinfects the area touched.

The amount of gel released is very small at approx. 0.07g which has been proven in repeated NHS Laboratory trials to be enough to self-disinfect the product where it was touched. To give a comparison; the volume of gel required to self-disinfect the Surfaceskin is 0.07g. A teaspoon of gel is 5.9g. So, in one teaspoon full of gel there is enough gel to disinfect a Surfaceskins product 80 times.

The reason the gel required is so low is because alcohol gel has what is called a high ‘residual effect’ meaning even a tiny amount of gel provides protection.

In short, upon opening, the push pads initially deliver slightly more alcohol gel, this is known as the “Primed State”, as they come pre-primed and ready for use. Then after approximately 50 activations the push pads conform to normalized lower delivery volumes, reaching their “Operational State”. In both Primed and Operational States, the push pads are effective at killing germs.

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