Healthcare

Why do you need SilverGuard protection ?

To prevent your uniform and clothing becoming a “home” for bacteria! Wash your bedclothes, towels, flannel and any other textile that you take into hospital. Keep MRSA “Away”.

Best practice should be practised all of the time , which is why SilverGuard protects you and your uniform all of the time for as little as £1 per week.

  • Utilising patented silver ion technology, SilverGuard is perfectly safe to humans and is skin friendly, odourless and economical.
  • A small quantity of SilverGuard (50 ml on average for a typical domestic wash load) will provide all of your uniform, clothing and textiles with constant antimicrobial protection that inhibits the growth of bacteria such as MRSA and other Healthcare acquired infections and Superbugs by up to 99.9%.
  • Studies show that uniforms are frequently contaminated by disease-causing bacteria, including MRSA, Clostridium difficile, and glycopeptide-resistant  enterococci (GRE), which presents a potential source of cross infection in the clinical setting (Speers, 1969; Babb, 1983; Perry, 2001).
  • Maximum contamination occurs in areas of greatest hand contact, for example, pockets, cuffs and apron areas (Babb, 1983; Wong, 1991; Loh, 2000) allowing the re-contamination of washed hands
  • While hand hygiene is well-recognised as the single most important factor in the prevention of cross infection, contact transfer of bacteria from uniforms leading to infection has also been described (Hambraeus,1973 and 1977).
  • The risk assessment process within any healthcare setting must consider clothing as a potential route for cross infection and therefore a carrier of Superbugs such as MRSA, which is a major concern for all of us in our goal of avoiding “Hospital Acquired Infections”.
  • Minimum safety standards and guidelines are offered by many leading authorities and associations, not least by government departments. Sadly, most of them are either ignored, not adhered to or are not given the required budgetary priority.
Why accept “minimum” standards, of which many are clearly not being met ? 

he RCN (Royal College of Nursing) has been calling for nurses to have access to changing and uniform laundering facilities to combat MRSA and other Health Care Acquired Infections (HCAI). Yet, the Working Well survey found that the number of nurses with access to changing facilities has dropped from 61% in 2000 to 50% in 2005. Just 35% of hospital based NHS nurses said their employer provided a uniform laundering service, dropping to 30% in independent hospitals.

HELP PROTECT YOURSELF WITH SILVERGUARD NOW

nfection control nurses and experts across the country recognise the efficacy and effectiveness of silver ions in the battle against bacterial infection including MRSA. Silver is currently being widely used within the healthcare sector in wound dressings and catheters. Now, this very same technology is available as SilverGuard, a textile treatment simply applied in your own washing machine. Regrettably the NHS has no fast track method of making SilverGuard available even though the technology and test results thereof have been proven and verified many times. Authorities and medical experts seem to ignore the fact that nurses uniforms, clinicians clothing, cleaners overalls and consultants shirts and ties are breeding grounds for MRSA and other harmful bacteria. Textiles have no protection other than the vague hope that they have been washed at 65 degrees or more to provide thermal disinfection at the point of wash. What those textiles come into contact with immediately after the wash often renders the wash process as superfluous. Therefore we are offering SilverGuard antimicrobial wash additives for direct purchase in a choice of covenient and cost effective quantities to provide you with the levels of protection that you deserve.

You can benefit from an overall cost of £1 per week for SilverGuard protection. A small price to pay for antimicrobial protection 24/7. In addition, the Inland Revenue allows nurses, doctors, paramedics and other professionals an allowance of £70 or more per year for home laundering (in the event that your employer does not provide a laundry service), therefore SilverGuard could cost you “nothing” !

For more information concerning the Inland Revenue allowance for laundering of uniforms at home you can either download a form here from our “Fact File” or visit the Royal College of Nursing website at www.rcn.org.uk

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