Orfit masks are equipped with an innovative non-stick surface coating with antibacterial properties. All masks and sheet materials made of Efficast, Nanor and U-Plast (UON – DUON) are treated with this coating.
The antibacterial effect of the unique water-based coating prevents potential cross-contamination and helps in the fight against nosocomial infections in a hospital environment. The non-stick component prevents the thermoplastic material from sticking to hair, skin, hardware and itself.
Active steps should be taken to limit the spread of harmful bacteria, as nosocomial infections present a known risk to patients.
MRSA, the so-called hospital bacteria, is the most common nosocomial infection in Europe. It is estimated that over 170,000 MRSA infections in Europe result in 5000 deaths every year*. The department of Health and Human Services in the USA estimated 120,000 invasive MRSA infections in 2017, associated with 20,000 deaths**. Escherichia coli is considered by the WHO as a “super bacteria” because it is increasingly resistant to antibiotics.
Hand hygiene helps to prevent infections, but it is insufficient. Therefore, thorough hygienic care of the patient and of medical devices is of prime importance to prevent contamination.
Antibacterial Properties Put to the Test
The antibacterial coating of Orfit thermoplastic material has been thoroughly tested on its ability to inhibit the growth of microorganisms over a 24-hour period of contact.
An independent study of 2017 (Mobile, Al) confirmed the efficacy of the antibacterial coating. A team of researchers at the University of South Alabama investigated the bacterial attachment/survival of four different bacteria on Orfit’s thermoplastic material. Bacteria included in the study were:
- Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA)
- Pseudomonas aeruginosa
- Vancomycin-susceptible Enterococcus faecalis
- Escherichia coli
Study results indicate that 99.99% up to 100% of these bacteria were unable to attach or grow onto the surface of Orfit’s thermoplastic material. The full study report can be found here.
Maximize the Antibacterial Effect
Maintaining hygiene and cleaning Orfit masks on a regular basis, will fully maximize the effects of the antibacterial coating. Cleaning the mask removes the layer of dead bacteria that may have formed on the surface. This will expose a fresh surface with renewed antibacterial activity.
The masks can be cleaned and disinfected by means of soapy water or an isopropanol or ethanol-based disinfectant, applied with a soft cloth.
* Köck R, Becker K, Cookson B, et al. Eurosurveillance | Systematic literature analysis and review of targeted preventive measures to limit healthcare-associated infections by meticillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus. https://www.eurosurveillance.org/content/10.2807/1560-7917.ES2014.19.29.20860
** Kourtis AP, Hatfield K, Baggs J, et al. Vital Signs: Epidemiology and Recent Trends in Methicillin-Resistant and in Methicillin-Susceptible Staphylococcus aureus Bloodstream Infections — United States. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep 2019;68:214–219. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.15585/mmwr.mm6809e1external icon.
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