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Glasgow Scores a First with Anti-bacterial Cabling from MK Electric

antibac blueGlasgow Royal Infirmary’s Intensive Care Unit is the first hospital in the UK to take advantage of the solutions provided by MK Electric’s new Prestige 3D Antibac Blue: the antibacterial cable management solution for power and data distribution.

With the introduction of Prestige 3D Antibac Blue, MK Electric becomes the only manufacturer in the UK to provide a complete antibacterial solution in respect of both wiring devices and cable management.

Around 55m of Prestige 3D Antibac Blue trunking has been installed by electrical contractors WMQ, in the refurbishment programme delivered by BAM Construction Ltd. The product was chosen not only for its excellent hygienic quality but also for its ease of installation, according to Gary Dyer of the M&E consultant Hulley & Kirkwood “One of the main reasons for utilizing this type of product is infection control which is a major issue within the healthcare sector these days,” he says.  “The fact that MK can provide a complete antibacterial system, which is also faster to install than competitor products, is a key factor for the contractors working on site.”

MK Electric’s new Prestige 3D Antibac Blue is designed to kill bacteria which can grow on surfaces such as trunking systems. It uses a silver based additive inherent within the PVC-u which acts as an effective weapon in fighting harmful bacteria such as MRSA, and Klebsiella pneumoniae.

By complementing the range with the company’s Logic Plus wiring devices; the entire Prestige 3D Antibac Blue installation will meet all the requirements of an anti-bacterial specification. As the trunking and wiring devices are both open to contact, the control of the spread of bacteria and infections can only be effective with such a complete solution.

The silver additive within the system is a bactericide and so, obviously, kills bacteria rather than just restricting its growth. As the additive is homogenous with the PVC-u compound the, protection runs throughout. There is no loss of effectiveness where the trunking lengths are cut on-site; or if the surface becomes scuffed or scratched.

As the additive’s effectiveness depends on intimate contact between surfaces of the trunking and the bacteria, any barriers such as grease will reduce or negate its effect. Consequently, it is not intended to replace standard cleaning regimes as it can only operate at its optimum if the surfaces are kept free of dirt and grime.

The anti-bacterial additive used in Prestige 3D Antibac Blue is registered with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and compliant with the European Biocidal Products Directive (BPD). The additive provides effective protection against both gram positive and gram negative bacteria, unlike some other anti-bacterial additives which are only effective against gram positive bacteria.

MK Electric has commissioned independent tests to verify the antibacterial properties of Prestige 3D Antibac Blue. The results show, over a 24 hour period, >99.9% kill rates on both MRSA and Klebsiella pneumoniae. It has also commissioned independent tests to verify the antibacterial properties of Logic Plus. The results, also collected over a 24 hour period, similarly show 99.9% kill rates on MRSA and 98.9% kill rates on Klebsiella pneumoniae.

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