Antibacterial Properties of Orfit Thermoplastic Masks

Prevention of nosocomial infections in a hospital environment

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

Icon illustrating non-stick antibacterial coating of Orfit thermoplastic masks and sheetsThe 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.


Read more about our wide range of antibacterial thermoplastic masks and their antibacterial properties.


* 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

** 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: icon.


Contact us for more product information or find your local distributor here.


If you’d like to receive the latest product updates and interesting Orfit news, subscribe to our newsletter:

Subscribe to our mailing list

* indicates required
Select your preferred newsletters

The protection of your personal data is our priority. Thank you for subscribing to one of our newsletters. We would like to invite you to share some personal data with us. The protection of this data is our priority.

By submitting this form, I agree to the processing of my data to receive personal messages by mail.

You can change your mind at any time by clicking the unsubscribe link in the footer of any email you receive from us, or by contacting us at We will treat your information with respect. For more information about our privacy practices please visit our website. By clicking below, you agree that we may process your information in accordance with these terms.

We use MailChimp as our marketing automation platform. By clicking below to submit this form, you acknowledge that the information you provide will be transferred to MailChimp for processing in accordance with their Privacy Policy and Terms.

We've selected some similar articles for you
Perforations and Cut-Outs in Orfit Thermoplastic Masks
Orfit thermoplastic masks are available in a range of perforations and cut-outs. The choice for a perforation type usually depends on the treatment, the patient and the personal preference of the radiation therapist. There are a number of possible applications for each type of perforation or cut-out and in some instances, a certain perforation will be the preferred choice for treatment. However, there are no fixed rules concerning this matter.
Read more
Orfit Open Face mask compared to a metal frame-base for stereotactic radiosurgery.
West Michigan Cancer Center prefers the Orfit open face mask over the frame-based solution they have been using for years for stereotactic radiosurgery.
West Michigan Cancer Center prefers the Orfit open face mask over the frame-based solution they have been using for years for stereotactic radiosurgery.
Read more