Antimicrobial ISKU+ furniture to the bone marrow transplant unit of the Vilnius University Children’s Hospital

The bone marrow transplant unit of the Vilnius University Children’s Hospital of Santaros Klinikos in Lithuania became the first medical centre in the Baltics to adopt ISKU+ antimicrobial furniture, delivered to the unit by ISKU together with Hygtech Alliance. Antimicrobial products destroy microbes on their surfaces, helping to prevent infections.

‘In our hospital, infection control and the number of infections is among our top priorities in terms of patient safety and service quality,’ explains Vilija Gurksniene, the head of the infection control unit of Santaros Klinikos.

Contributing to better infection prevention

The use of antimicrobial surfaces does not eliminate the need for proper cleaning and high levels of hand hygiene, which are the most important factors in infection prevention in a hospital environment. However, antimicrobial properties in furniture and other contact surfaces can contribute to better infection prevention.

‘They can indirectly help tackle diseases contracted via contact,’ says Olga Zimanaite, a pediatrician, advisor to the management of the children’s hospital and the director of the support fund.

The hospital’s bone marrow transplant unit uses antimicrobial materials for its other surfaces also and, in addition to ISKU, Oras, Korpinen, Abloy, Lojer and Teknos supplied antimicrobial products for the hospital. Together these companies form a corporate consortium calledHygTech Alliance

Silver helps prevent infections from spreading

Antimicrobial ISKU+ furniture options includes tables, chairs, sofas and all the standard products by ISKU, so the silver-based technology can be applied across the whole offering. Silver has an innate ability to prevent microbial growth and to destroy microbes within a certain period of time. These properties offer a natural means of protection against microbes and the infections they cause. Because the silver is integrated into the structures, it offers a permanent protection lasting the whole technical lifetime of the furniture.

‘The furniture offers a permanent solution because the antimicrobial properties are not affected by cleaning or use. The furniture is also adaptable and easy to maintain and wash, and it withstands disinfectants. Not only is the furniture functional and safe but it also looks and feels good – a pleasant environment contributes to quicker recovery,’ explains Kari Soljamo, ISKU’s development manager.