New innovations from sanitaryware brand Armitage Shanks can help to fight bacteria and provide optimum hygiene and infection control within hospitals – battling the risk of healthcare bathrooms becoming virulent breeding grounds for the growth of bacteria, and thus spreading infection.
The iconic British brand’s new Markwik 21+ fittings and Contour 21+ clinical ceramics ranges hold the key. Markwik 21+’s design maximises antimicrobial effect. A manual thermal flush feature allows maintenance staff to override the thermostat and flush the fitting through with very hot water, preventing bacterial depositing. An integral thermostat enables water to be mixed closer to the point of discharge – eliminating the cold water ‘dead leg’ and minimizing warm water areas.
Auto-flush technology ensures electronic fittings that are irregularly used are flushed with water every day, preventing bacteria formation. A ‘hydro-purge’ facility flushes water through the pipework and inlets to ensure a debris free system after installation and enable flushing after chemical disinfection. Detachable spouts, one piece designs and demountable body components allow for complete washer disinfection, reducing the risk of Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Legionella.
The Contour 21+ clinical basin’s advanced drainage combats water pooling, a common source of bacterial growth. Water drains instantly and vertically, through a smooth pipe system, free of steps. Basins are thinner, with more angular rims, steeper slopes and a smaller back area—all designed to avoid water pooling and facilitate easy cleaning.
Contour 21+’s HydroFin—an innovative fin on the product base – deflects splashing to reduce it by 90%. SmartGuard+ antimicrobial is integral too, reducing possible cross-contamination and maintaining surface cleanliness and hygiene across its lifetime.