A round-up up news from healthcare manufacturers

  • Design can have a major impact on the level of hospital-associated infections, according to research led by the University of Reading. The work, conducted by The Health and Care Infrastructure Research and Innovation Centre, says that the specification of door handles, security buttons and wash-hand basins is an important factor in the spread of infection. It adds that a door with a handgrip typically become more densely contaminated with microbes than a push door with a flat metal plate.
  • Dulux Trade Paints has launched an information guide called Building a Sustainable Future. The online booklet, available from the Dulux Trade website, covers how the firm is meeting targets for economic, environmental and social elements of sustainability. The brochure also offers information and advice to professional tradesmen on the sustainable application and disposal of products.
  • Research organisation BSRIA has updated its guide for building maintenance specialists. Condition Surveys and Asset Data Capture outlines the benefits of regular condition surveys and data capture in planning for future maintenance and refurbishments. Hard copies of the guide are available for £30 to BSRIA members or £60 full price. A PDF will also be available at £60 full price or free to BSRIA members.
  • Steel-framed building manufacturer Premier Interlink, has been accepted as part of the national framework of the Government Procurement Service to provide modular buildings on public constructions for the next four years. The company specialises in off-site construction methods.