Intelligent Materials for the Clinical Environment

Laura Cowell 1John Williams 1

Valpak (aust) Pty Ltd, NSW, Australia

 

Background: The increasing drive towards improving infection control and reducing hospital acquired infections (HAIs) in the clinical environment has led to the development of complex and rigorous procedures, and the use of a multitude of methods and materials. This drove us to develop smart materials which offer an alternative way to simplify and improve the system.

Methods: Four years of research and development into material range that has a clever reactive processing of the polymer which produces a ready to use pellet enabling it to be used on conventional plastic processing equipment to produce bags, films and moulded products

Results: Research by Aquapak Polymer has shown the use of a mono polymer with multi- functionality enables waste handling to be done much efficiently and simply, and minimises cross- contamination in collections. The modification of the chemistry allows the material to be cold water soluble, hot water soluble or durable depending on the product application. It is inherently anti- static, very tough and can be made antibacterial/antiviral without interfering with its other properties. The film properties also make it compatible with composting and anaerobic digestions systems where appropriate.

Conclusion: We have developed a Viable and more functional material for use in the clinical environment which simplifies the waste system. The material fits seamlessly into conventional waste systems, but with the advent of more refined hospital waste handling, in for example, a filter system, this will enable further beneficial exploitation of the material in such a closed system of recovery.
Dr John Williams, CSci CChem FRSC

Disclosures: J Williams : BD Director Aquapak Polymers

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The ACIPC is the peak body for Infection Prevention and Control professionals in the Australasian region. Our stated vision is the prevention and control of infection in our communities. We commenced in January 2012 bringing together the various State and Territory infection control associations formerly in AICA (The Australian Infection Control Association) to support and encourage collaboration across Australasia.

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