Scientist in the USA have recently evaluate the stability of the Covid-19 on various surfaces, including copper that is the active substance used to formulate MetalSkin®. The study (*) show that the virus has a very short lifespan on copper as it is eliminated within 4 hours, to compare with stainless steel where it can live for up to two days.
This is a great hope for new applications for MetalSkin®.
(*) Aerosol and surface stability of HCoV-19 (SARS-CoV-2) compared to SARS-CoV-1 Neeltje van Doremalen, James O. Lloyd-Smith, Vincent J. Munster / New England Journal of Medecine – March 2020
MetalSkin® is a very promising solution for the future. This is a project made in France with global and transversal objectives. Raphaelle Duchemin has selected us to present our innovation in her daily show on the radio: « La France qui Bouge » (« The France that moves forward »). She also invited MetalSkin® to attend the competition for the « Trophies of the Future » as a HealthCare innovation. Thanks a lot for this focus!
The AFNOR (French Agency for Normalisation) has awarded MetalSkin Technologies for its involvement in the project NF S90-700. We won the « Or Normes » trophy in the category « Be a step ahead ». This award is of course the recognition of our commitment but also the confirmation of the quality of this standard that is a milestone in the future of preventive strategies against contaminations. This proves we are on a good and useful way to success.
We are extremely proud to announce that we have become stakeholders of the Clean Hospitals organization. This is an international group of scientists, professors, industrials, entrepreneurs…all dedicated to find and develop solutions for a better hygiene and safety in healthcare facilities.
Clean Hospitals was initiated by Pr Didier Pittet, the inventor of the HAS and the great teacher of the good practices related to hand hygiene.
The goal of Clean Hospitals is to built up a strong scientific backbone upon which we are going to evaluate strategies, practices and innovations. Ultimately, Clean Hospitals will publish good practice guidelines that will comply with regulations, standards and will integrate the most updated knowledge to bring an immediate improvement for healthcare workers, cleaning staff, visitors and, above all, patients.
We have been working for months together with key actors of health safety in France (ANSES, SF2H), famous microbiologists (such as Ms Christine Roques, President of both the Commission of Standardization on Biocidal Surfaces and Disinfectants), bio-statisticians, epidemiologists, experts in materials and industrials. The outcome of this work was a text that the AFNOR has released upon « The method of evaluation of the basic bactericidal activity of non porous surfaces ». This is a giant leap in quality. As a matter of fact, the new standard requires for a surface to claim a bactericidal activity to divide by 100 – under normal environmental conditions – the counts of bacterias within 1 hour. This performance must be completed on four different strains that represent the main risks in an healthcare facility (S.Aureus; E. Coli, P. Aeruginosa, E. Hirae).
PIXIKA (ex GOO CONNECT) has signed a partnership agreement to develop a range of Hi-Tech antimicrobial objects.
One of the main actors on the market of the connected objects, the company GOO CONNECT, is going to develop new ranges of objects endowed with high antimicrobial performances, thanks to MetalSkin®, to answer the sanitary risks created in particular by the keyboards of computers, the mice, the hulls of telephones or the USB keys, so many objects which we know that they conceal a staggering number of bacteria!
All bacterias don’t react following the same pattern when exposed to MetalSkin®. These data collected from the test of conformity to the standard NF S90-700 bring interesting knowledge on the bactericidal efficiency of our self-decontaminating surface.
The standard NF S90-700 sets up a method to measure the basic bactericidal activity of non porous surfaces. Its requisites are that within 1 hour, 2 log of CFU must be killed in standard environmental conditions and this results must be obtained on 4 different bacterias .
When tested following this protocol MetalSkin® has obtained an average killing rate of 3.45 log, which is equivalent to roughly a division by 3000. This places MetalSkin® as the champion of self-decontaminating surfaces and as the missing link between hand hygiene and surface cleaning, which both stay as absolute must-dos.
For the result, click here: CONFORMITE S90-700 METALSKIN MEDICAL
A crossover study was carried out by Pr J.P Daurès, epidemiologist and director of the biostatistics of the Montpellier University and M.G Leroy, hygienist and board member of the French Hygienists Society. This study covered 6 bedrooms of a surgery ward, with 7 contact areas per room, over 8 weeks.
This study shows that the items coated with MetalSkin® were by far less contaminated (if not free from contamination) than control items. This study also proved that the global number of bacterias decreased over time on all the items and confirmed the idea of a halo effect. This study should be published anytime soon.
Result here: ARTICLE VERSION 2019 VF
Jon Otter, from Imperial College of London, is one of the world most famous speakers in infection control. He is also a member of Clean Hospital’s academic committee.
We were glad to attend his tremendous talk during the 2016 WEEK OF HEALTH AND INNOVATION about the role of dry surface contamination
To take advantage of this conference click HERE: 170226-role-of-dry-surface-contamination_jon-otter_webber-teleclass