Controlling the spread of pathogens

Contaminated Surfaces Play a Key Role in the Transmission of Pathogens and Infection.

The mechanism of spread involves a person touching a contaminated surface with his or her hand, which transfers the pathogen to them and in turn makes them susceptible to infection and to spreading it to others.

Despite the growing global commitment to reduce the spread of pathogens, infections continue to be responsible for high morbidity and mortality rates, increased costs, and longer hospitalizations.

Current disinfecting practices may not be enough to keep high touch surfaces free of contamination which can give rise to illness and disease to those who touch infected surfaces.

When commercially available, we believe REPELWRAP™ film will provide additional protection to current disinfecting practices to control the spread of pathogens.

The healthcare sector (i.e., hospitals, long-term care, and retirement homes) is our key focus as it is the source of several highly transmissible potentially lethal pathogens. Examples of where REPELWRAP™ film and follow on products could be used include:

  • doorknobs, swinging and revolving doors, elevator panels, public bathrooms, toilets, flush handles, sinks, soap and sanitizer dispensers, handrails (hall, stairs, escalators), cafeteria tables, chairs, food counters, bedrails, bedside tables & handles, wheelchairs, light switches, IV poles, supply cart, food trolleys.

Other examples of industries/areas with high traffic public touchpoints that we may target include:

  • transportation industry (airplanes, trains, buses, taxis);
  • entertainment industry (arenas, stadiums, theatres, casinos, amusement parks, recreation centres);
  • food and hospitality services (malls, fast-food, cruise ships, restaurants); and
  • schools and office buildings (desks, hand railings, bathrooms).