infection control

How hygiene can make up for funding cuts

Canon Hygiene's Steve Nurdin

Steve Nurdin, marketing manager at Cannon Hygiene, explains how an effective hygiene strategy can help care homes providers achieve positive customer feedback and attract new business.

The UK social care system is facing a crisis and care homes will be hit the hardest. Spending cuts and unsustainably low budgets – on average £620 a week – have led to care home providers not being able to cover day-to-day costs, according to the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA). The Guardian also recently reported that social care spending has decreased by £7bn since 2010 and English councils plan to push through another £700m in social care cuts by the end of 2019.

Mepilex dressings use state-of-the-art technology to promote efficient healing

Mepilex dressings have five layers

Care & Nursing Essentials editor Victoria Galligan heard three different views on the new Swedish-deigned dressing Mepilex, which promise to decrease healing time and reduce infection…

DEVELOPER – Molnlycke

How and where were the dressings developed?

Mepilex dressings were developed by Molnlycke, we are a Swedish-based leading medical solutions company that equips healthcare professionals to achieve the best patient, clinical and economic outcomes. Mepilex Border Comfort was developed with proprietary Flex Technology – the benefits of which have been analysed using an established method called finite element modelling. 

A Master-ful solution for care homes


Infection control is key within healthcare settings and anything that can be done to complement current protocols is looked at with great interest. With an ageing population and a squeeze on budgets, the importance of environmental hygiene is growing. So what are our solutions. 

Biomaster antimicrobial technology from Addmaster offers product protection that looks to do this, complementing current infection control protocols.   Reducing levels of bacteria on treated surfaces, it offers a second line of defence in the area of product protection  working alongside existing hygiene procedures.

Managing and Controlling the Risks of Legionella in Care Homes

Legionella Stansted Laboratories

Legionella bacteria is commonly found in water and especially in purpose-built water systems such as cooling towers, evaporative condensers, hot and cold water systems and spa pools as well as water fountains. The bacteria can multiply where water temperatures are between 20-45°C whereas the bacteria is normally dormant below 20°C and does not usually survive above 60°C.

Duplex - Steaming In On Bugs

Duplex - Steaming In On Bugs

In medical and nursing establishments the knowledge that cleaning can be combined with a proven infection control programme is a vitally important factor to be taken into account when considering a machine purchase for use in a clinical environment.


To demonstrate the efficacy of the products from our range most used in the healthcare sector we commissioned independent tests by the Hospital Infection Research Laboratory, Birmingham.


New training programme launched to help care homes improve infection control

Care homes across the UK can get up to speed on infection control, continence care and health and safety thanks to a new training programme. 

Infection control product specialist Cairn Care has launched the online tool that provides homes with up-to-date training materials that can be downloaded at any time of the day or night. 

Resources include advice on cleaning schedule, infection control plans, advice posters and basic workplace training tools. 

It also contains useful information to help care home customers use Cairn Care’s products correctly and effectively.

The training hub forms only part of Cairn Care’s new website which also comprises of a new online store dedicated to the UK residential care sector in the UK.