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BacteriTab | Breaking down dangerous biofilm

Break down bacteria that grows in healthcare drain waste systems with Allied BioServices’ bactericidal tablets (BacteriTab) to reduce the impact of healthcare-associated infections (HAIs).

Optimised for maximum efficacy

BacteriTab is a bactericidal tablet custom engineered to break down the biofilm that thrives in hospital sinks and drains. Allied BioServices draws on its microbial bank of over 70 bacterial strains to create a formulation of the BacteriTab to meet the needs of each hospital. If a hospital is experiencing an issue with a specific strain within their patient sinks, the microbes within the BacteriTab are engineered to feed on both the biofilm and bacteria of that strain.

Seamless integration into existing sinks

BacteriTabs are placed within a Watermark Certified lockable sink basket. The basket integrates into existing sink drains and includes a lockable waste-top that can be easily opened when a BacteriTab needs to be replaced.

The basket is available in 40mm, 50mm and 90mm configurations to suit most hospital requirements.

A science-backed solution

A recent nature Scientific Reports journal article, highlighted how plumbing fixtures (such as sinks, toilets and showers) that patients, visitors, and healthcare personnel (HCP) use are ideal areas for pathogenic and opportunistic organisms to thrive.

Research demonstrates that plumbing fixtures play a role in outbreaks, many of which have involved gram-negative rods, such as Pseudomonas spp. and carbapenem-resistant (CRE) or extended-spectrum β-lactamase producing (ESBL) Enterobacteriaceae

The biofilm that forms between the s-bend waterline is a perfect breeding ground because usage of the plumbing fixtures provides a regular source of bacteria for biofilm to feed on.

A 2017 American Society for Microbiology journal research article modelled bacterial dispersion from hand-washing sink-trap reservoirs. The report demonstrated that sink drainpipes became populated with multidrug-resistant bacteria and then transfer from sinks and wastewater systems to infect health care workers and patients, which in turn causes HAIs.

As illustrated in the images below, their work found transmission involved biofilm growth from the lower pipe to the sink strainer and subsequent splatter to the bowl and surrounding area, rather than splatter directly from the water in the lower pipe. They also demonstrated that bacterial transmission could occur via connections in wastewater plumbing to neighbouring sinks.

The ability to break down the biofilm efficiently and effectively, as well as proactively address bacteria on the “splatter” zone surfaces can provide hospitals with another shield against HAIs.

Combining BacteriTab and SW2™

When BacteriTab and SW2™ work together to disinfect in and around the sink splatter zone, this can dramatically reduce the spread of antibiotic-resistant bacteria transmitting from the sinks to vulnerable patients.

To find out more about how BacteriTab could help you please feel free to contact us