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Building Products July 2017

SPECIFIERS’ GUIDE | ARMITAGE SHANKS SANITARYWARE ENSURES BACTERIA HAS NOWHERE TO HIDE Healthcare bathrooms can, if not carefully managed, provide virulent breeding grounds for the growth of bacteria and the spread of hospital infections; having a negative effect on an establishment’s effectiveness, finances and most worryingly of all on patient health. New innovations from sanitaryware brands such as Armitage Shanks can help to fight bacteria and provide optimum hygiene and infection control within hospitals. Here, Building Products learns more about the latest expert products to hit the sector and how they help to ensure bacteria has nowhere to hide. 22 BUILDING PRODUCTS | JULY 2017 decades of experience within the sector. The business has provided sanitaryware and fittings to hospitals since 1911. Armitage Shanks’ new Markwik 21+ fittings and Contour 21+ clinical ceramics ranges provide the latest technology in hygiene innovation and bacterial prevention within the healthcare sector. The new range operates as a complete solution to help reduce the opportunity for bacteria to grow by addressing areas such as pooling and water stagnation. Focusing on Reducing Healthcare Associated Infection in Hospitals in England, a recent report produced by the House of Commons found that a staggering 300,000 people each year contract a Healthcare Associated Infection (HAI) following a hospital visit, creating an additional care bill of £1 billion for the NHS annually. With such an effect on the NHS and other healthcare establishment costs – and far more importantly on patient health – there is a real need for specifiers to install products that work to battle against the contraction of HAIs within clinical and general patient washing areas as well as patient en-suites. Appropriate sanitary precautions in such environments help to prevent the spread of germs which are dangerous to health, for example, E.Coli, Legionella, Pseudomonas Aeruginosa and Norovirus. One provider of such precautions is British sanitaryware icon, Armitage Shanks, which has


Building Products July 2017
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