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A review panel of leading academics, nurses and other infection control experts is busy assessing the 250 or so entries to the Smart Solutions for HCAI programme.

With submissions ranging from new cannula packs to novel biocides and UV emitters, the nine-strong panel faces a challenging task in selecting a list of entries to be evaluated in a hospital setting in early 2009.

Taking part in the assessments are, from left to right, Dr James Corden, Dr Bryan Griffiths, David Ford, Emma Malpeli, Margaret Parton, David Maddison, Dr Neil Wigglesworth, Dr Chris Gush, Martin Kiernan, Andrew Jackson and Professor Clive Beggs

"The panel have been very impressed by the quality, range and quantity of entries," said project director Bryan Griffiths. "We've received entries from across the UK, plus applications from countries including Holland, Italy, France and the US.

"It will be a challenge for the panel to choose the products and technologies with the greatest potential from among some of the world's most innovative developments in the infection control field."

The expert panel expect to complete their work by the end of November, with the results likely to be announced in early December. The successful companies will then have their products evaluated on hospital wards. Around 30 hospitals across the UK have applied to host these evaluation projects.

Written by Richard Taylor
Monday, 17 November 2008 0:12

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