The device has also undergone trials at a major HSE Hospital in Ireland, where in excess of 1,100 samples were taken over a sixteen-week period. The results, from an independent laboratory, were conclusive regarding its efficacy at destroying germs and preventing cross-contamination.
Hygicult swabs are pressed against the door handle and then placed in an incubator for 24 hours. If there is bacteria present they will form into visible colonies. The Handle Hygiene door handle sanitizing system was designed to help prevent and/or reduce the spread of germs from door handles. Door handles, especially toilet door handles, are a well documented source of harmful bacteria that cause the spread of serious infection. The system is a simple mechanical device (requires no batteries or power supply) that fits easily to existing doors and operates in conjunction with the opening and closing motions of the door – ensuring reliability and effectiveness every time the door is used – guaranteeing a safer and cleaner door handle.
EVEN IF EVERYONE DOES WASH THEIR HANDS PROPERLY….
Dr Dancer stated “… even if everyone does wash their hands properly, the effects of exemplary hand hygiene are eroded if the environment is heavily contaminated by MRSA,”
Dr Stephanie Dancer is a Consultant Microbiologist in NHS Lanarkshire and Professor of Microbiology at Edinburgh Napier University, Scotland.
DROPLETS SPREAD IS EFFECTIVELY….
Dr Patrick Wall, when interviewed on The Tonight Show with Ivan Yates, on the Monday 23rd March, said “droplets spread is effectively, I sneeze into my hand and I touch anything and then all the surfaces I touch, door handles, utensils are contaminated”, highlighting how door handles were one of the main sources of transmission for viruses within any environment.
Dr Patrick Wall, Professor of Public Health, UCD, Dublin
ONE OF THE MAIN SOURCES OF TRANSMISSION FOR VIRUSES
Dr John Lambert on RTE Primetime on Monday 16th March stated: “how door handles were one of the main sources of transmission for viruses within a hospital environment”
Dr John Lambert, Consultant in Infectious Diseases and Genitourinary Medicine at the Mater Hospital, Dublin
CORONAVIRUS CAN SURVIVE ON DOOR HANDLES FOR UP TO THREE DAYS
UK Chief Medical Officer, Prof Chris Whitty, has stated that the Coronavirus can survive on door handles for up to three days.
THE STUDY INTO A SAMPLE OF DOOR HANDLES
The Hospital study contrasted contaminants on door handles when the system was in use and not operational. Dr Ronnie Russell said:
“The study into a sample of door handles from different locations within the hospital (Toilet doors in the main but also included gym entrance, sluice door, clean linen room and patient-side door) clearly show that the handle hygiene system is effective in delivering sanitiser to door handles, resulting in negligible levels of contamination.”
“There can be very few individuals at this stage who are not acutely aware of the role of handwashing and sanitising in healthcare. It is a critical activity in breaking the spread of infection from contact surfaces to self, to others or to further contact surfaces. However, handwashing is not possible after every contact but it is only one of a number of infection control measures deployed in healthcare. Contact surfaces themselves require regular cleaning and disinfecting to reduce the risk of spreading infection.
Such cleaning and disinfection occurs only at intervals (which may be hours or even days) yet recontamination of the surfaces is always ongoing. Prime examples of heavily used contact surfaces are door handles and push-plates. Scientific studies have shown how pathogenic microbes can spread throughout a facility via these, coming from, for example, a heavily used toilet or an infected individual or contaminated cleaning cloths.
Many doors cannot be opened without making contact with a handle. It is agreed that it is a serious problem in many situations and various approaches have been taken to address this, ranging from fitting automatic doors to replacing all handles and push plates with copper fittings. This can be a quite expensive undertaking.
This constant disinfecting after use is more than even the most frequent and diligent hospital cleaning routine can hope to achieve and should be considered as another measure in achieving infection control.
The efficacy of the Handle Hygiene system in reducing the microbiological load on these surfaces has been demonstrated in trials in a number of healthcare facilities.
Could it be that the days of washing ones hands, only to re-contaminate them on a dirty handle, are over?”
Dr Ronnie Russell of Moyne institute of Preventive Medicine at TCD
WE ARE ALL FACED WITH AN UNPRECEDENTED THREAT
“We are all faced with an unprecedented threat from this virus and anything that helps save lives by slowing down the spread of this virus needs to be deployed. This product can play a major role in helping all concerned agencies and bodies involved in the fight against the Covid-19 virus to flatten the curve.”
Brian Cunningham, CEO of Clever Hygiene Solutions Ltd