JAMM PRODUCTS LAUNCHES HANDS-FREE DOOR HANDLE TO HELP PREVENT THE SPREAD OF INFECTIONS, AND TO HELP THOSE WITH REDUCED HAND FUNCTION. -- MEDICA - World Forum for Medicine

11/13/2017

Jamm Products Ltd

JAMM PRODUCTS LAUNCHES HANDS-FREE DOOR HANDLE TO HELP PREVENT THE SPREAD OF INFECTIONS, AND TO HELP THOSE WITH REDUCED HAND FUNCTION.

The Hands-Free Door Handle, patented and produced by Jamm Products Ltd, helps premises in healthcare, education, transport, hospitality, and the food and drink industry prevent harmful infections caused by germs being passed on via door handles.

The Hands-Free Door Handle is a simple retro fit to most doors via two drilled holes, and once fitted, removes the need to touch door handles which may be contaminated with contagious germs, or may be difficult to use. In addition, the Hands-Free Door Handle has a lifetime silver ion additive that prevents bacteria reproducing1, should they find their way to the handle. Its anti-ligature design has also been mechanically tested in UK laboratory conditions to withstand severe forces and is certified as a Grade 4 handle (BS8424:2004) - 'suitable for severe duty’ - which certifies use in facilities up to prison standard.

Door handles are one of the most touched surfaces in any building2, and researchers at the University of California, found that on average, people unconsciously touch their faces 15.7 times an hour3. Touching a germ-contaminated surface prior to touching your face can lead to infectio entering your body. Influenza, E.coli, MRSA, and Norovirus are all commonly found on door handles, and there is a growing list of drug resistant bugs to avoid. In fact, according to the World Health Organisation, antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is an increasingly serious threat to global public health that requires action across all government sectors and society.

Washrooms are a particular challenge in the fight against infections caused by germs being passed on through touching contaminated surfaces. This issue is highlighted by the trend towards ‘hands-free’ in today's washrooms: hands-free flushes, hands-free taps, hands-free soap, and hands-free dryers. But with no guarantee that the person before you washed their hands after visiting the washroom, even in “hands-free” washrooms, the door handle is a weak link in the battle against the spread of germs and infections.

Marc Ward, Founder and MD at Jamm said: “I was asked by Adam Stringer (Product Design Consultant at Falmouth University) if I thought there was a way to open a door without touching it to prevent germs being passed on. When I started to research the issue, I was amazed to learn that, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (USA), 80 per cent of all infections are transmitted by hands. The issue for high traffic areas which are prone to germs, such as washrooms, was obvious. I also learned of the difficulty doors present to those with limited or reduced hand function. I invented the Hands-Free Door Handle to help solve these problems.”

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