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IPS Infection Prevention Exhibition 2016

IPS Infection Prevention Exhibition 2016
From Monday 26 to Wednesday 28 September, HPC Healthline will be exhibiting at IPS' annual conference in Harrogate. Aimed at medical infection prevention professionals, the three-day event at Harrogate International Centre provides an invaluable chance for nurses and staff to learn more about HPC Healthline's gloves, pulp and workwear. "Each year the IPS conference offers a unique opportunity for us to meet industry professionals, and old and new customers under one roof. Together as product innovators and product users, it's great to be able to share ideas and possible solutions in an industry so focused on and well educated in infection prevention." – Michael Knight, HPC Healthline Area Sales Manager Last year, over 800 delegates attended the conference and this year promises to be even bigger. This is because IPS aims to: Lead, shape and inform the infection prevention agenda at an international level Influence and promote the evidence base for a universally adopted infection prevention practice Be the organisation of choice for all involved in infection prevention to sustain improvements in practice. With its cutting edge innovation within the infection prevention industry, HPC Healthline will be a key exhibitor at this year's conference. Bringing our latest developments in examination gloves and pulp, we will be showcasing how customers using our products will be thoroughly equipped within the healthcare workplace to combat contamination and fight against the spread of HAIs. Particularly, we are passionate about returning the everyday examination glove to its original role as a highly effective infection control device. Through our SafeDon® range of exam gloves, aprons and accompanying dispensing solutions, we do just that. And although the most technologically advanced products are commonly the most expensive, SafeDon bucks this trend thanks to its economical and waste-reducing packaging. A large part of infection prevention also takes place in the sluice room. Samples of our pulp products will be available for conference delegates to handle, including our detergent proof washbowl, which is 30% stronger than other washbowls available on the market. And its unique soap proof agent ensures that it doesn't leak and removes the need to double bowl. We also offer accompanying accessories, such as racks and dispensing stands on wheels to help users meet CQC guidelines. These allow hospitals to be more flexible: avoiding expensive wall mounting charges and allowing improved access in tight sluice rooms. If you're attending the conference, we encourage you to visit Stand 54a, sample our products, meet our team and enter our Twitter competition.

The challenge of irritant contact dermatitis for healthcare workers

The challenge of irritant contact dermatitis for healthcare workers
It is well known that wearing gloves can provide a false sense of security when it comes to infection prevention.Also necessary is a disciplined handwashing regimen that will remove as many transient microorganisms as possible from hands, nails and forearms. However, washing your hands so thoroughly and frequently with bactericidal soap leads to the breakdown of the skin's natural barriers, leaving them dry and sensitised to allergens and irritants.So, no longer is it sufficient merely to follow the trend away from powdered and natural rubber latex gloves that contribute to allergic contact dermatitis; we now need to reduce the risk of non-allergic or irritant contact dermatitis (ICD) among glove wearers.In the British Journal of Dermatology, Stocks SJ, et al. wrote:A reduction in healthcare associated infections following a nationwide campaign promoting frequent hand washing coincided with a simultaneous increase in contact dermatitis in healthcare workers.As awareness of this occupation-related concern has increased, manufacturers responded by offering more accelerator-free glove options. Today, it's not unusual for healthcare staff, dental practitioners, beauticians and hairdressers who have developed the symptoms of ICD (dry crusty skin, papules or small hard bumps, blisters) to request these products.ICD among surgical staffOne subset of healthcare workers are more susceptible than others to this occupational sensitisation pattern: surgeons and operating-room staff. Following an incredibly rigorous handwashing regimen, they spend at least two or three minutes cleaning each finger to an acceptable level, using scrub brushes and disinfecting agents, such as glutaraldehyde. And with surgeries sometimes lasting multiple hours, their risk of developing ICD is further increased.Among our surgicial gloves range, we now offer a product to combat the specific problems presented by non-allergic contact dermatitis in a sterile workplace:Finessis have introduced a sterile surgical glove called Zero®. As the name suggests, these so-called 'clean' gloves are not only accelerator-free but also contain no measurable residual chemicals. This is because their manufacture material, Flexylon™, is custom-engineered to meet the highest requirements, setting new records compared to other sterile gloves in terms of high performance liquid chromatography and acceptable quality level tests.Finessis Zero's features are as follows:Zero chemicals – undetectable chemical residue tested as per high performance liquid chromatography methodFlexylon cast film, AQL < 0.10Ultra low flexural stressSuperior barrier integrity for prolonged usageHigh electrical resistanceConsistent grip in all conditionsFinally then, surgeons have a glove choice that eliminates the risks of Type I and Type IV hypersensitivity; a choice that will adequately protect their most precious operating tool: their hands.If you would like samples of Zero®, or other Finessis products, please contact our Sales Team, your HPC Healthline Area Sales Manager, or visit our stand at the ESCD 2016 conference in Manchester.

HPC Healthline at Surrey Super Growth Awards

On a sunny Friday morning at Weybridge's Mercedez-Benz World, representatives from 60 Surrey-based companies gathered for the first Surrey Super Growth Awards Breakfast. Hosted by asb law and sponsored by Lloyds Bank and RSM, the event celebrated the fastest growing Surrey companies over three years, with an annual turnover of more than £2 million. Among the esteemed attendees, HPC Healthline's David Greenwood and Valerie Geraud donned name badges, networked, and received our framed finalist's certificate – a more permanent accolade in place of the Denbies sparkling wine we already received. Dr Malcolm Parry OBE from The Surrey Research Park and Chris White from Denbies Wine Estate both gave keynote addresses to encourage the attendees to continue bucking the trend and staying profitable despite an unstable economic climate. Senior Partner at asb law, Russell Bell, said: "Achieving and sustaining growth is not easy, particularly in a sluggish economic environment. That is why we are passionate about launching the Surrey Super Growth awards to recognise the businesses that are doing exactly that.” Congratulations to all the finalists, hats off to The Gym Limited who won the award overall, and thanks to asb law for a fantastic event.

Finalists for the Surrey Super Growth Awards

Finalists for the Surrey Super Growth Awards
We are excited to be among the 60 companies shortlisted for the Surrey Super Growth Awards. Along with our complimentary bottle of Denbies' bubbly, we have received an invitation to attend the awards at Mercedes-Benz World in Weybridge on 1 July 2016. The Surrey Super Growth Awards, in collaboration with RSM and Lloyds Bank, celebrate the best performing companies, who create wealth and job throughout Surrey. Watch this space as the winners are announced!

Pulp Report

Pulp Report
The results are in for the 2015 pulp annual report and we couldn't be happier with the feedback. The NHS service quality level achievement was 99.06%; with over 200 million pieces of Caretex® pulp supplied. Caretex® pulp continues to grow its market shares to 45% of the NHS England estate. With a network of over 200 NHS Clients educational support, onsite audits and training was offered. Better product performance, most notably in the most recently improved item FSL920 Washbowl which is now 30% stronger than alternative products.For more information about our pulp annual report 2015 please click here 

Socius Awards

Socius Awards
On 12 May 2016, HPC Healthline was on the nominee shortlist for the Socius Supplier of the Year Award and came 5th out of 150 suppliers. The historical Cutty Sark was the backdrop to the awards ceremony, attended by 160 people. We received an honorary plaque in recognition of our high standards of supply for disposable gloves and protective workwear. The dinner was also in support of the RNLI, for which £1650 was raised. The Socius Network is one of the UK's leading distributors of all things disposable to the Catering market, partnering with suppliers like HPC Healthline to provide the best quality products and services.

Interclean 2016 – Amsterdam

Interclean 2016 – Amsterdam
We will be exhibiting at ISSA Interclean 2016 from the 10-13 May 2016 in Amsterdam. Come to HALL 9, STAND 311 to view our products and hear our latest news!  You can see the floor plan here  If you are attending, why not make a personal appointment with your sales representative.You can contact us via email sales@healthline.co.uk or call 0044 (0) 2083353636

HPC Proud Sustainability Award Nominee

HPC Proud Sustainability Award Nominee
We are proud to have been on the FPA Award Nonimee list for the Sustainability Category at their Award Ceremony that took place in March. Our sustainable initiatives include Pallet recycling, solar panelling and the achievment of our ISO 14001 Environmental Management Systems Accreditation. The list of awards and their winners can be seen here... http://foodservicepackaging.org.uk/fpa-awards/ congratulations to the winners.

HPC Group & Polyco Group – Merger Announcement

HPC Group & Polyco Group – Merger Announcement
Merger Announcement: HPC Group and Polyco Group are pleased to announce the formation of a new combined business with immediate effect. This represents a pooling of expertise of two major businesses with complimentary product ranges, brands and market opportunities covering the professional, household and medical sectors. Established in 1968, HPC is synonymous with supplying an extensive range of high quality disposable, infection control and consumable products to professionals. Founded in 1979, Polyco is a leading European glove company supplying premium hand protection to the professional and household markets. The newly merged business will be called Polyco Healthline and be focused on bringing together and delivering on a greater scale, what were previously separate innovative growth initiatives. Trading will continue with all customers, suppliers and markets using the existing brands and commercial entities.