Our patent pending washbasin, which is based on a tubular shape, is designed to ensure infection prevention by eliminating splashing – even when a person’s hands are interrupting the water flow.
This means that waterborne bacteria such as Pseudomonas aeruginosa cannot easily be splashed onto bedding, patients, sterile apparatus, nurses and doctors clothing, drug preparation equipment, etc. The concealed tap outlet is positioned with an air gap, so that cleaners and users cannot touch it nor can cross contamination occur.
The waste outlet and trap are wider than normal – allowing water to flow directly into the sewers uninterrupted and is fitted with an air-admittance device that eliminates the chance of trap contents coming back up into the basin.
Angel Guard units use materials that are naturally anti-microbial. For example, the pipework for both the potable and wastewater is all made from either copper or stainless steel for units in Scotland. The Hygienic Mixing Valve (HMV) uses ceramic discs (given that ceramic is a naturally anti-microbial material) and not rubber or plastic to mix the water, which are materials often found in solenoid and Thermostatic Mixing Valves (TMVs).
The front and sides of the unit are made from toughened glass, as is the unique washbasin, which makes cleaning very easy. The water outlet is also made from copper and does not contain any plastic parts, flow straighteners or aerators. It is hidden under a glass cover on top of the washbasin, which is very easy to clean.
Angel Guard is setting a new standard in hygienic production, installation, and maintenance of sanitary devices for healthcare use. All Angel Guard units are made in a clean and sterile environment at our Angel 1 Headquarters. Our units are never water tested but instead are tested using dry nitrogen gas, as is compliant with HTM 04-01 guidelines. As all units are made to order, just one day prior to shipment, there is no possibility of contamination that typically occurs when products are left in warehouses for extended periods of time.
On top of this, our use of rapid prototyping to manufacture the unique elements of our units keeps costs down, ensuring the best deal with the most benefits for our clients.
Our dedicated transport partner Paul Ponsonby then collects each unit and delivers them in fully clean and static-free vehicles to the hospital where our Service Scientists will be waiting to install the unit wearing clean overalls, shoe covers and gloves. They will install the unit with sterile tools which they will only use on that unit prior to them being sterilised again. These conditions will be repeated by our Service Scientists for all necessary commissioning, servicing, and maintenance.