A modern germ resistant bedside cabinet to help fight infection. Brimaid bedside cabinets are functional and efficient ideal for all hospital and nursing home care facilities. Made from high grade polyethylene with no sharp edges, the Biokab ensures safe use in all environments and the rounded design makes it very easy to clean - and eliminate the places where germs normally gather. Designed to satisfy the demands of the modern hospital or care ward and uniquely impregnated with Ciba® IRGAGUARD® - an effective antimicrobial - the Biokab helps reduce the spread and infection of MRSA and other transmitted germs within a care environment.
Germs are passed by touching contaimated surfaces and passing them on by touching other uninfected areas- a vicious cycle. With BioKabs unique impregnated surface of IRGAGUARD this cross-contamination is eliminated and germs will not survive.
The top of the BioKab contains a number of shaped resesses to hold items such as drinking cups and utensils and the moulded ridge around the top prevents items from rolling onto the floor.
The BioKab can also be supplied with one or two lockable trays, installed for either left or right hand access that allows a patient to store medicines and personal effects with ease. A shelf is available for magazines, books and personal items and can be accessed from either side of the BioKab.
Two rear non marking floor castors allow the BioKab to be moved easily and quietly. The BioKab has two main front doors, offering storage for larger items with all internal surfaces curved to eliminate germ hiding crevices.
The BioKab design is innovative design derived from the original conviction of a hospital ward sister concerned and convinced that traditional bedside cabinets harboured infection. Her main concern being the inability to fully clean and disinfect internal corners, crevices and joints between the tops and sides of the cabinets. The concept was further developed by members of the North of England Plastic Pressing Consortium, based at the centre for manufacture, Manchester University.
The design of the BioKab unit eliminates areas where germs can gather and special attention has been made to the internal rounded surfaces which aid easy cleaning.
BioKab polyethylene is impregnated with Cibra IRGAGUARD B5000 which is an inorganic broad spectrum antimicrobial. IRGAGUARD has been shown to be active against Gram-postive, Gram-negative bacteria, mould and yeast cultures. It is also non toxic, has high heat resistance up to 800degC. IRGAGUARD active ingredient Silver Ion is absorbed by the germ and works by interfering with the cell membrane causing the cells to leak and eventually break up, the Silver Ion also binds to the DNA of the cell disrupting the replication process.
Laboratory results confirm that IRGAGUARD B 5000 impregnated devices such as the BioKab structure will kill the following range of bacteria, mould and yeast such as:
The BioKab is manufactured from Linear Medium Density Polyethylene impregnated with IRGAGUARD.
Two rear castors with a diameter 75mm
DIMENSIONS: TRAY EXTERNAL
WIDTH 480MM WIDTH 320MM
DEPTH 520MM DEPTH 200MM
HEIGHT 890MM HEIGHT 90MM
Scientists at The University of Manchester, along with healthcare product manufacturer Brimaid, have unveiled a new product which aims to aid hospitals in the fight against MRSA. The BioKab is a bedside cabinet which has been specifically designed to reduce the spread and infection of harmful bacteria in hospital wards.
The cabinet is made from a polyethylene plastic impregnated with an antibacterial agent proven to kill the MRSA bug. The cabinet's unique soft-edge radiused-corner design and its light weight also means it is easy for hospital staff to keep clean and move, thus further preventing the harbouring of bacteria.
Professor Stephen Bush, Director of The University of Manchester's Centre for Manufacture, who led the design and production team for the cabinet with Nigel Ball of Ergo Design, said: &ampquotAs well as direct human contact, MRSA can be passed indirectly to patients via bacteria resting on the surfaces of hospital equipment and furniture contained in wards. However, with the BioKab's specially impregnated surface this cross-contamination is eliminated and germs will not survive.'
The BioKab body and surfaces are impregnated at the manufacturing stage with IRGAGUARD® - an inorganic antimicrobial. It works by breaking down and destroying cells of bacteria which come into contact with the cabinet. Silver ion, which is the active ingredient in IRGAGUARD also binds to the DNA of the cell stopping it from spreading. It does not degrade with time and is temperature-stable to well over 500degC.
The Biokab's plastic structure has been shown to kill MRSA, E coli, Salmonella and many other harmful bacteria which come into contact with its surface.
Measuring just over 89cm (height) by 48cm (square) the BioKab is moulded in one piece, excluding the simply detachable doors. This feature increases cleanliness by eliminating the crevices and corners in which bacteria can thrive and allows effective steam-cleaning. The BioKab also incorporates a magazine shelf, lockable drawer and a number of gently radiused recesses to hold items such as drinking cups and utensils.
All parts of the cabinet - the body, doors and drawer - are, in fact, hollow cavities, which minimises both material usage (and therefore the cost) and weight. At only 12 kg, this presents the opportunity for each new patient to have a sealed, clean cabinet delivered to their bedside along with their bedlinen at the beginning of their stay.
The potential for the use of plastics like the ones used to create the BioKab in hospital wards to aid in the prevention of the spread and infection of harmful bacteria like MRSA is very promising. Combine this with soft-edge radiused-corner design and this product sets a new standard for the design and manufacture of future healthcare furniture,' says Professor Bush.
The Centre for Manufacture is part of the School of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering in The University of Manchester's Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences.
The BioKab was patented by NEPPCO Ltd, a network of over 50 companies across the UK, whose Head Office is based in the Centre for Manufacture.
The BioKab has been developed in conjunction with several NEPPCO member companies including: Haywood Rotomoulding and ERGO Design.
BioKab's Polyethylene is impregnated with Ciba® IRGAGUARD B 5120 which is an inorganic broad spectrum antimicrobial.
Silver ion is the active ingredient in IRGAGUARD and is absorbed by the germ and works by interfering with the cell membrane causing the cells to leak and eventually break up. Silver ion also binds to the DNA of the cell disrupting the replication process.Laboratory results confirm that IRGAGUARD impregnated Polyethylene such as the Biokab structure will kill the following range of bacteria, mould and yeast such as: Escherichia coli, Staphylococcus aureus, MRSA (Methicillin Resistant Staph. Aur), Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Klebsiella pneumoniae, Candida albicans, Listeria monocytogenes, Salmonella enteriditis, Legionella pneumophilia, Penicillium species, Aspergillus species. Typically, cultures of E coli, Staphylococcus aureus and MRSA are reduced by factors of over 1,000 to over 10,000 in 24 hours on surfaces cut from the BioKab.