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ILG NAME GERMSTAR FOR INFECTION CONTROL UPGRADE PROGRAMME

Independent Living Group (ILG), a leading provider of residential care for adults with learning disabilities, has begun a major programme to upgrade hand sanitation facilities at its homes as part of its drive to combat infection threats next winter.

The Camberley-based company, which runs community-based residential care homes throughout the south east of England says that with infection control a key priority for the group it wants the most effective hand sanitation facilities in place at all its facilities in readiness for the winter months when infections peak.

ILG has called in Salisbury-based Germstar UK to install its system of "smart" touchless dispensers which are designed for constant operation in "heavy use" environments like care homes. The hands-free system means the dispensers themselves remain free from contamination.

Users simply have to place a hand under the infrared, motion-activated dispenser to receive a measured amount of hospital-grade, non-gel rinse capable of killing 99.9 per cent of bacteria, viruses and fungus in seconds.

Germstar have currently installed over 180 virus-busting sanitiser and soap dispensers throughout 23 ILG premises.

ILG Business Services Manager Michelle Horrocks said: "It's accepted that hand hygiene is the single most important factor in reducing the spread of infection, and no care home can afford to neglect to make the best hand sanitising facilities available.

"Comprehensive hand hygiene facilities are available in all our premises because we've always made infection control a priority. But there's always something new and improved coming along and this state of the art touchless method eliminates even the dispenser as a potential source of cross infection.

"We've carefully evaluated the extra protection it brings and decided to install Germstar dispensers throughout our homes to emphasise our commitment to safeguard the health of all of our residents, staff and visitors."  


PRESS RELEASE - June 2011

LEADING THERAPY CLINIC GOES TOUCHLESS

Therapeutics, one of UK’s leading multi-disciplinary medical and fitness centres, has installed Germstar Hygiene touchless hand sanitisers and soap dispensers in all the activity, treatment and changing rooms throughout the centre.

Founded by Kim Waters in 1994, the business has grown steadily and now has a staff of 17 specialists working from its clinic at the Trojan Sports Club in Southampton. There are hand sanitisers in all the clinic’s four treatment rooms, gyms, exercise studios and the rehabilitation area. The toilets and changing facilities have sanitisers and soap dispensers.

The Germstar units were chosen by Kim Waters after she had used one when visiting a nursing home. “I was very impressed by how easy they were to use and how quickly the sanitising liquid was absorbed by the hands.

“I have always been very aware of the importance of hygiene and we have procedures in place to ensure the building and all equipment is as clean as possible. The Germstar hand sanitisers will help substantially by providing staff and patients with maximum protection against the likelihood of catching or spreading cold, flu or any other of the infectious diseases.  

“The feedback from both staff and customers, many of whom have become used to seeing hand sanitisers in locations such hospitals and offices, has been extremely positive”.
 
The Germstar hand sanitiser has been developed for constant use and is touchless which eliminates the dispenser as a source of cross-infection. Users place a hand under the infra-red, motion-activated dispenser to receive a measured amount of sanitising liquid that kills 99.99% of all transient bacteria and viruses including H1N1, Norovirus, gastroenteritis, E Coli, salmonella and MRSA.
To encourage regular use the specially formulated sanitising liquid is gel-free and contains emollients that moisturise the skin. The extra mild soap is formulated to produce a gentle cleaning wash that is easy on the hands. 

Each sachet of solution delivers up to 1400 doses and, unlike traditional dispensers, the Germstar unit uses 100% of the gel-free solution.


BERITAZ OPT FOR ‘SMART’ HAND SANITISING SYSTEM


Beritaz Care has upgraded its hand sanitation facilities to what it calls “blue riband” standard by installing ‘smart’ touchless dispensers throughout its group of care homes.


The company, which operates four care homes in Surrey and Hampshire, has opted for Germstar Hygiene’s state-of-the-art hands-free system.


Users of the Germstar dispenser just have to place a hand under the infra-red, motion activated unit to receive an instant dose of sanitising, hospital strength liquid rinse capable of killing 99.9 per cent of bacteria, viruses and fungi. This eliminates the possibility of cross-infection from the dispenser itself.


The easy-use unit has been specifically developed for ‘heavy traffic’ environments such as care homes and health premises where infection control is a key concern and staff are encouraged to make routine use of hand rubs. 


Some 15 dispensers have been installed by Beritaz at its Surrey homes – Ashton Manor in Farnham, Robertson Nursing Home in Godalming and Springkell House, Hindhead – as well as at Chestnut Court in New Milton, Hampshire.


Beritaz Group Quality Assurance Manager Angela Devonald said the dispensers had been strategically located throughout the buildings so that they were easily accessible at all times to both staff and visitors.


“Infection control is obviously among our very top priorities. Alcohol hand rubs are a first line of defence in our control programmes and as far as we’re concerned Germstar provide the blue riband hand sanitation system.


“The touchless operation means it’s far less messy than traditional dispensers and people are more inclined to use them on a regular basis. Our staff are already reporting that the moisturising non-gel rinse is not drying their hands out as can happen with traditional alcohol gels and that should encourage more routine use.


“We also believe installing the Germstar system will be very cost effective because every bit of the solution is used, unlike the push-button dispensers where there is a lot of wastage.”

 


 

PRESS RELEASE - April 2011

 

DOMINO’S GO FOR GERMSTAR HANDS-FREE SANITISERS

 

Domino’s Pizza UK franchisee James Swift has chosen to install touchless Germstar hand sanitisers and soap dispensers throughout his eleven stores across Yorkshire and the West Country.


Up to five dispensers are being installed in each store to ensure that staff are provided with maximum protection against the likelihood of catching or spreading cold, flu, or any of the other infectious diseases which costs the UK economy £1.35 billion a year in lost working days.


The Germstar hand sanitiser has been developed for constant use and is touchless which eliminates the dispenser as a source of cross-infection. Users place a hand under the infra-red, motion-activated dispenser to receive a measured amount of sanitising liquid that kills 99.99% of all transient bacteria and viruses including H1N1, Norovirus, gastroenteritis, E Coli, salmonella and MRSA.


To encourage regular use the specially formulated sanitising liquid is gel-free and contains emollients that moisture the skin. The extra mild soap is formulated to produce a gentle cleaning wash that is easy on the hands.

Domino’s is recognised as the world’s leading pizza delivery company and James Swift says taking care of its customers as well as its staff has always been a priority.


He said: “I am very aware of how important hygiene is to the catering industry and I believe this means looking after customers and staff just as much as looking after the premises.


“I decided the Germstar hand sanitiser was the ideal infection control solution. The touchless dispensers are very easy to use so that all my staff can quickly and conveniently ensure their hands are free of any source of common infections.”


Each sachet of solution delivers up to 1400 doses and, unlike traditional dispensers, the Germstar unit uses 100% of the gel-free solution.


Germstar director Stephen Armstrong said: “The spread of infectious diseases is a workplace hazard that can all too easily affect the health of staff. Our product does exactly what it is designed to do in terms of infection control. It is also touchless which reduces the risk of cross-infection, contains moisturisers to deal with the discomfort some people experience with traditional gels, and reduces costly wastage by using all of the solution.”

 




PRESS RELEASE - Feb 2011

 

WAGE GERM WARFARE IN THE WORKPLACE!


All employers are obliged to take their H & S responsibilities very seriously. But there’s one workplace hazard that’s often overlooked. And it can affect both the health of your workforce and your business: the spread of infectious diseases.

Companies lose huge amounts of income every year when staff fall ill and have to take time off – usually with familiar, but highly contagious, complaints such as colds, ‘flu or food poisoning. Around 80% of infectious diseases are spread by hand – picked up from surfaces, shaking hands, sharing a computer keyboard, using washroom taps and towels. Even those ‘push button’ sanitising gel dispensers are constantly handled!

The European Centre for Disease Control says the single most effective thing you can do to prevent illness is to wash your hands. But surveys show only 60-70% of people follow this rule after using a restroom.  And only half of those use soap!

GERMSTAR’S touchless hand sanitiser dispenser, designed for use in commercial premises, eliminates hand-borne cross-infection. Just place a hand under the infra-red, motion-activated dispenser (which delivers up to 1,400 doses) to receive a measured amount of hospital-strength, germ-busting liquid rinse which quickly kills 99% of viruses, bacteria and fungi.

The refillable compact dispenser, which can be free-standing or wall-mounted, is ideal for washrooms, reception areas, offices, machine rooms and on shop floors.



PRESS RELEASE - Feb 2011

 

HANDS-FREE SOLUTION HELPS FIGHT AGAINST INFECTION

Touchless technology on show at Bournemouth event

A deadly flu outbreak, combined with continuing public concern about hospital acquired infections, has given added urgency to the need for all of us to follow simple but essential hygiene regimes.

The importance of hand hygiene in the prevention of cross infection, particularly in healthcare settings such as care homes, is widely accepted and is probably the single most important factor for reducing the spread of infection.

Infection control guidelines covering care homes say the use of alcohol hand rub, ideally with an added emollient to decrease the problem of drying skin, is particularly important and this should be easily accessible to staff where direct care is being provided to residents.

Alcohol gels are a first line of defence in the fight against germs. But according to Salisbury-based hand hygiene experts Germstar Hygiene the traditional ‘push button’ gel dispensers which are now a familiar feature in healthcare premises have a flaw – they have to be touched to operate them.

Germstar say that 80 per cent of infectious diseases are transmitted by hand, which means even the dispenser itself can be compromised.

The company’s answer has been to develop a touchless hand sanitiser which eliminates the dispenser as a potential for cross-contamination. Users just have to place a hand under the infrared, motion-activated dispenser to receive a measured dose of sanitising liquid rinse capable of killing 99.9 per cent of bacteria, viruses and fungus on contact.

The device, together with a full range of other hand sanitising products, can be tried at Germstar’s stand at the Bournemouth Care Show (Stand W82) on March 29-30.

The rinse works against H1N1, Norovirus, gastroenteritis, E Coli, salmonella, MRSA and just about every other germ that threatens the health of carers and residents. It’s made from 100 per natural emollients including a built in moisturiser which prevents ‘alcohol dryness’.

Germstar say they have developed the battery-operated device with user economy in mind. The dispenser unit is inexpensive – and will be fitted in any care home free of charge – and each solution sachet delivers up to 1400 doses. Unlike traditional gel dispensers, which leave around 13 per cent unused in the container, the Germstar device uses 100 per cent of the solution.

Germstar director Stephen Armstrong said: “Of course, the single most effective thing you can do to reduce the risk of infection is thorough hand washing. But alcohol rubs are a proven and convenient additional defence providing reassurance to staff and residents.


 

PRESS RELEASE - June 2010

 

LAUNCH OF GERMSTAR SALES AND SERVICE ON THE ROAD!

This month we have introduced a new way of selling our product. Our dedicated Germstar man is on the road in and around the south east and is available to sell Germstar dispensers, install them and be a friendly point of contact for refills and help with information.

Germstar hand hygiene

To contact him please call 01980 616800.



PRESS RELEASE- March 2010

 

NOROVIRUS (WINTER VOMITING BUG)

The Health Protection Authority have announced that cases of Norovirus are 50% higher than last year having forced the closure of over 150 hospital wards and the closure of a school just in the last few weeks. Professor Hugh Pennington, bacteriologist at Aberdeen University said 'These figures are just the tip of the iceberg.'

Germstar products are proven to kill Norovirus and 99.9% of other germs

To find out more on the effects of Norovirus please click on the here.


October 2009

Germstar® is tested against novel swine influenza virus H1N1.

Results are a sucess. Germstar has shown that its kill rate is greater than 99%

Proof that Germstar® is the hand hygiene 'solution'.


Questions and answers

H1N1 (Swine Flu) and YOU

http://www.cdc.gov/H1N1flu/qa.htm


UK stocks remain high despite a huge increase in demand.

Germstar Hygiene Ltd suppliers of the unique touchless hand hygiene systems has seen a substantial increase in their small bottle sanitiser range. Now being used buy local authorities, police and companies throughout the UK as a extra line of defense against the the H1N1 swine flu virus.