A hand can transmit a virus quicker than a sneeze. Just one door contaminated with a virus spreads germs to about half the surfaces and hands of 50% of employees in the office within four hours, according to a study at the University of Arizona, in Tucson*.
While proper hand washing and sanitising can help in reducing transmission, both methods require active participation by users. A sanitised door handle, automatically sanitises hands without requiring users to take action.
Cannon Hygiene has just launched CannonTouch, an effective, fast acting door handle sanitiser, which kills 99.99% of germs in 30 seconds. Easy to install, the sanitiser sits above the door. Sanitiser spray is activated once the door closes. The spray protects against microbial recolonisation for at least 24 hours and has a residual action on skin for up to 6 hours.
CannonTouch supports risk management and compliance regimes as well as helping to reduce cross-contamination and absenteeism. The system, which has been on trial in a number of hospitals has already received positive feedback.
The Beacon Hospital in Dublin, Ireland
“The introduction of the CannonTouch system is an exciting new infection prevention and control initiative and supports our programme for reducing healthcare associated infections.”
The Royal Victoria Eye and Ear Hospital, Dublin, Ireland
“Given the results of the tests carried out on the door handles within our Hospital, I would recommend the use of the CannonTouch Sanitizing System in all Heath Care facilities or indeed in any premises where hygiene is paramount.”
Harvey Healthcare, Dublin, Ireland
“I had some reservations about the product at the start. Soon after the devices were installed my concerns were addressed in that the device is very neat and unobtrusive and the fine spray is virtually invisible. The most important outcome is improved hand hygiene.”
For more information contact Cannon Hygiene International.
* Dr Charles Gerba, Professor, Microbiology & Environmental Sciences, Epidemiology and Biostatistics Division, University of Arizona, Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy in Washington, 2014