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Safety flooring is at the forefront of infection control and prevention

Supplier: Altro Flooring
18 January, 2008

Altro high performance safety floors are again at the forefront of infection control after proof has been secured they inhibit growth of the Vancomycin Resistant Enterococcus (VRE) superbug.

This is further to ASF's announcement  that Altro safety flooring inhibited the growth of Methicillin Resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA - also known as 'golden staph').

Undertaken by a leading UK independent research laboratory, the tests prove that ALTROSAN, the anti-bacterial additive in all Altro safety flooring ranges, has an adverse affect on the growth of both these potentially fatal superbugs.

"This is very important news for the health and aged care industry and emphasises the value of specifying Altro products," says Warwick Duncan, marketing manager for ASF. "It shows once again that Altro leads the way in safety flooring, and is really addressing the concerns of the health sector."

Both VRE and MRSA pose serious risk of infection in hospitals because of their resistance to antibiotics and can infect wounds or affect those who are unwell. This is also applicable for non-hospital facilities such as aged care hostels, dialysis units, and nursing homes.

To help prevent the spread of these superbugs, hospitals require scrupulous cleaning procedures and the installation of hygienic surfaces and products, such as those available from Altro.

"One aspect of environmental hygiene that is often overlooked at the design and fit out stage of clinical areas," he continues, "is the use of materials that not only allow for easy cleaning and disinfection, but also inhibit bacterial growth. Altro is the only safety flooring manufacturer that has published independent test results that prove it does so."

In addition to this important breakthrough, it has been proven that Altro high performance safety flooring is easier to clean than other safety floorings available due to its unique process, Easyclean Technology.

Easier to clean without compromising its slip resistant properties or durability. And Easyclean Technology does not wear off like the surface coating used on some.

Altro high performance safety flooring can be used in almost every conceivable area of the health facility, including wards, shower and toilet areas, operating theatres, recovery rooms, circulation areas and laboratories.

The Altro high performance safety range encompasses seven products in varying thicknesses and textures and now comes in more stunning colours than ever before. All Altro products are supported by product warranties and expert technical advice.