The environmental trial compared two out-patient units at the Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust. One facility was equipped with BioCote-protected furniture and equipment, for example sack holders, beds and curtains; the other contained standard, non-treated items.
There was a 95.8% reduction in bacteria in the environment containing the BioCote-protected products, compared to the control facility that had not been BioCote-protected. ‘The trial proves that using BioCote-protected products in a hospital environment can result in a reduction in bacteria, leading to a more hygienic and safer environment for patients,’ the manufacturer points out. ‘Fewer bacteria can reduce the risks of cross-contamination and consequently the risks of patients being infected with superbugs such as MRSA.’