Outbreaks of harmful bacteria have always been a continuous threat in long term care facilities. Care home acquired infection is complex with a range of contributing factors including chronic illnesses, recent hospital admission, the presence of healthcare workers, care provided by family members and the use of antibiotics. The introduction of the Health and Social Care Act 2008 and the Care Quality Commission has led to health and social care establishments implementing strategies aimed at breaking the chain of cross-contamination between sources of harmful bacteria and patients.
Nevertheless, Covid-19 now represents a new challenge for care homes with more stringent measures required. Hence this is why specialist bathrooms from Gainsborough are now regarded as even more care critical through quality design and inbuilt antimicrobial BioCote.
Gentona bath by Gainsborough
We are the only specialist UK bath manufacturer capable of providing a world-leading level of integrated infection control technology. BioCote is an additive which is included during the GRP manufacturing process and provides 99.9% 24/7 protection against an array of harmful microbes. These including Influenza H1N1, E.coli, Salmonella and antibiotic-resistant CRO, CRE, VRE and MRSA. As it is integrated into composite materials, BioCote cannot be wiped or worn away and hence provides continual hygiene management and protection.
With the new Covid-19 risk, the need for bathroom products that limit microbes and pathogen growth is now super-critical for care environments. This is why we, as specialist manufacturers, believe it is our duty of care to provide Gainsborough baths with antimicrobial technology. This is of particular importance in communal accessible bathrooms, with high traffic multiple users, which presents the risk of cross-contamination between bathers and carers.
All of our baths, including the flagship Gentona, include BioCote as standard. It is a pioneering, invisible solution that requires zero maintenance or extra specialist fluids – representing a cost-effective and sustainable solution. BioCote also enhances the lifetime of products through reduced odours and stains.
G360 wet room from Gainsborough
Gainsborough G360 bathrooms are proving popular with care homes seeking to strengthen their hygiene management. Predicted to accelerate with the government’s funding pledge, interest in our baths and wall coverings with BioCote is growing as it is already proven to deliver effective protection against HCAIs. BioCote has also recently been proven effective against a feline strain of Coronavirus.
With further testing in progress regarding Covid-19, BioCote is regarded as critical for CQC excellence and effective infection control.