The Orfit range of thermoplastic masks are known since various years to have an anti-bacterial coating that is resistant against the following bacteria:
- Escherichia coli
- Staphylococcus aureus
- Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA)
We can now also claim that the coating of the masks is resistant against the Vancomycin-Resistant Enterococci (VRE) bacteria. It has been proven with the testing method ISO 22196:2011 that the bacteria can be reduced with more than 99.99% on the thermoplastic material with RT coating.
The VRE bacteria is dangerous because it can resist various forms of antibiotic therapy, including vancomycin.
“Enterococcal infections that result in human disease can be fatal, particularly those caused by strains of vancomycin-resistant enterococci (VRE). During 2004, VRE caused about one of every three infections in hospital intensive-care units, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.” (source: www.niaid.nih.gov/)
VRE is usually spread by the hands of the caregivers. Since they are the ones holding the masks and placing them on the patient, it is a great benefit that the thermoplastic material is resistant against this harmful bacteria.