zorg en welzijn antibacterieel HC3


HC3 Prevention against Hospital bacteria


A Hospital acquired infection (HAI) can often be prevented and can be a serious complication of hospital admission or of an intervention performed in the hospital. When pathogenic bacteria are transferred to people whose health is vulerable, this can have farreaching and even life-threatening consequences. In addition to inconvenience and suffering, this may also lead to longer admission and increase in costs.

anti bacterieel HC3Handhygiene is part of the solution but...

Handhygiene is deemedas the most important measure to reduce the risk of micro-organism transfer to patients. Better compliance with the handhygiene guidelines can reduce hospital infections by 10 to 50%. Unfortunately, handhygiene consciousness is low in healthcare institutions. In less than 20% of the contact moments with patients are the hand hygiene guidelines met. The handhygiene of the average person (and, therefore, visitor to a healthcare institution) leaves a lot to be desired.Approximately 40% of people in Western Europe do not wash their hands after having used the toilet.

HC3, an additional prevention resource

Door furniture (lever handles, push plates, etc) in care institutions is used intensively and forms an important transfer point for bacteria. Fortunately there is a solution. Products treated with HC3 can be an effective part of a general infection prevention programme. HC3 has been proven to be effective against the feared MRSA and E-Coli bacteria to name but two examples.

Instead of containing chemical substances (biocides) or silver ions, HC3 contains an innovative photocatalytic element. This element has the property that it acts as a catalyst under UV-light (daylight) and that it uses a physical phenomenon to break down simple organisms (bacteria, viruses, organic waste). The end result is only the residual sustances water and carbondioxide. HC3 goes a lot further in its effectiveness than silver-ions.

The highest level of anti-bacterial effectiveness was ofcourse, the key objective when developing the coating. The latest developments in nanotechnology assisted us in achieving HC3.

What is more important: the HC3 coating is very hard and durable. HC3 is therefore, recommended for environments where bacteria may represent a health risk such as in hospitals, rest and care homes, day care centres, service flats, wellfare clinics, kitchens, laboratory etc.

HC3 versus silver-ions
HC3 uses the very latest nanotechnology to realise the most eff ective anti-bacterial eff ect. HC3 goes further than older technologies such as coatings based on silver ions or biocides such as triclosan. An essential difference is that HC3 not only kills bacteria but that it also fully oxidises their residue (where only H2O and CO2 remain as residue).

No build-up of residue means:
• No accumulation of toxic residue
• No source of nutrients for the next wave of bacteria
• No reduction in the effectiveness of the coating due to "residues that are in the way".

It is, therefore, not surprising that more and more care institutions are loath to have products based on silver ions or triclosan but choose HC3. An important spin-off is that HC3 is also selfcleaning (superhydrophilicity). It is, therefore, unnecessary to clean HC3 products using all kinds of chemical agents. HC3-coating tested effect Various renowned European and Japanese research centres have investigated the anti-bacterial effect and durability of HC3. Test reports can be supplied upon request.

If you want more information about our HC3 anti-bacterial coating or about other products from our Cure and Care range (like anti-ligature hardware) please don't hesitate to contact us. We will gladly inform you.