This sanitizing door handle fights infections in hospitals
— By Tyler Falk on April 1, 2014, 9:40 AM PST
Seems awfully expensive when using brass handles and surfaces as the Victorians did accomplishes the same end. Bacteria cannot survive on it more than a few minuites recent studies show. Cheap too!
Medical staff get it thoroughly drummed into them to wash their hands umpteen times a day and follow other sanitisation procedures. It's the visitors which need to, and often don't, use the alcohol gels.
I agree with Neil Postlethwaite that an antibiotic such as copper, used to form the handles (and taps, and hand-drier buttons etc) themselves are the only thing you can be sure will be used.
"With some initial training of hospital staff about what the blue area at the bottom of the handle does, it's not difficult to imagine opening doors and hand sanitizing in one motion becoming second nature. "
This is a thoroughly dumb idea, at odds with common sense, as it's a clumsy way of opening a door, esp. if you are carrying something like notes, tablet, medical equipment, or are pushing a trolley, wheelchair, gurney. All you will find is some will use it and some won't, and you'll still have manky door handles and infection control issues.
Once you add visitors not used to the doors and the procedure, you'll just have a pile of expensive door handles, and be no further forward.
Suggested (self-evident) alternatives
- Medical staff actually follow hand-washing guidelines, despite how busy they are
- Domestic staff clean/sanitize properly, esp. door handles
- Install some automatic opening doors, on a PIR sensor, or a large opening switch/button/plate you can operate with your elbow, bum, knee etc - no touching, no infection control issue on handles.
- perhaps some anti-bac coating to the handles
, or coated with some naturally resistant - Copper/Nickel/Zine/Silver etc all have some natural anti-bac properties in some shape or form
I have a similar idea that I feel would be more effective but will not release it at this time. We will wait and see how this goes. This one seems much more costly.
Door handles made with small amounts of silver have the same effect.
Is it hand washing ?