HEXIS has launched a new antimicrobial film destined for the healthcare service sector.
According to a study carried out by the WHO (World Health Organization) each year 100.000 people in the United States die due to Healthcare Associated Infections (HCAI) and 50.000 in the Europe. In Europe the treatment to heal HCAI patients requires 10 million extra patient days resulting in USD 18 to 34 billion of additional expenses. There is thus a great urgency to reduce HCAI cases in health service institutions by guaranteeing the highest level of hygiene and patient safety.
The HEXIS laboratories, their team of biochemists and R&D engineers have developed a groundbreaking antimicrobial PVC film capable of inhibiting the growth of microbes, such as bacteria to support the fight to reduce health care associated infections.
With their unique capacity to inhibit growth of a wide range of microbes these films are a very effective part in the defense against the spread of microbes and complement the strategy to fight HCAI according to best practices as defined by national, European and international institutions (e.g. Health First Europe, European Commission, WHO). HEXIS Health PVC Films are protected under WIPO Patent WO/2008/099111.
The HEXIS Health Film is made up of a cast 1.2mil-PVC carrying the antimicrobial agent and comes supplied in rolls up to 54 inches wide.
What does HEXIS Health PVC film do? It inhibits growth of a wide range of microbes, including Staphylococcus aureus and the MRSA, Escherichia coli and Providencia stuartii, at more than 90 percent in accordance with tests carried out under ISO 22196 (Measurement of antibacterial activity on plastic surfaces). It can easily be applied and removed on a large variety of existing surfaces normally without any structural modifications.
It effectively controls spread of microbes all day long, day in and day out, without the need for maintenance or cleaning with aggressive substances. Due to the properties of the antimicrobial agent in HEXIS Health film absence of wear-off of the protective function is guaranteed over the whole life span of the film providing continuous protection.
Different independent microbiologic laboratory tests according to ISO 22196 (formerly JIS Z 2801) have been successfully carried out which have proven the inhibition of microbial growth higher than 90 percent. In their findings the renowned Institut Pasteur of France also confirmed the antimicrobial capacity of the HEXIS Health Film.
Where can it be used? The film is self-adhesive and can be applied in any hygienically sensitive area such as healthcare and educational establishments, food processing, pharmaceutical and biological laboratories, and all places with open access areas such as public transport, leisure and sports facilities, restaurants, retirement homes and many more.
The film is easy to use and can be installed both on flat and curved surfaces of doors, walls, items of furniture and appliances. As the antimicrobial properties are effective independently of the type of equipment, the installation of the film does not require qualified staff and can be carried out without special training or unusual tools.
The antimicrobial properties resist tear and wear and are maintained over the full life cycle of the product. Thus the product does not need any particular maintenance or reactivation and can be cleaned and disinfected throughout its durability. As it is applied to the substrate in one piece, it can easily be removed when required.
The film is completely transparent; hence any color scheme, pattern or marking on the substrate will remain perfectly visible.
HEXIS Health Film represents a solution to the quest for a reliable and durable antimicrobial protection method on exposed surfaces and all cases where the antimicrobial protection cannot be directly integrated in the object itself.