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Hospital linens are a key vector in an infection management: ASAP, Norway’s next-generation sheet know-how, can defend each sufferers and workers

The COVID-19 pandemic has confirmed that we nonetheless want an elevated and improved concentrate on hygiene and an infection management. ASAP, Norway’s next-generation, highly-absorbent disposable sheet know-how contributes to this by encapsulating liquid and moisture, whereas additionally stopping penetration and on the identical time offering optimum care and luxury for the affected person. All these options are mixed into one product that’s disposable, environmentally pleasant sturdy sufficient to carry a affected person. For the primary time ever, ASAP Norway’s merchandise can be found on the UK market by way of Amazon. Our focus areas primarily apply to ambulances and emergency areas, wards, and maternity wards.

Can we afford innovation?

Allow us to say you will have a marvellous concept. It’ll change the way in which we’ve normally completed issues. Perhaps your concept challenges the normal means of listening to music? Perhaps it will likely be a revolutionary transportation technique? Nonetheless, whereas your concept will make life simpler and extra environment friendly, it’s going to in all honesty be exceedingly tough to promote.

It’s the yr of 1839 within the US state of Philadelphia. The civil engineer and inventor William Otis has simply been issued a US patent for his latest invention, the steam shovel (1). That is believed to be the world’s first excavator; and it is perhaps cheap to consider that folks could be overjoyed that their job would change into simpler and extra cost-efficient for your complete development business. In truth, it took 4 years earlier than the steam shovel was deployed on its first main job, digging the Welland Canal in 1843. Dozens of males had been displaced; and labourers grew so indignant that the corporate needed to publish guards on the location to guard the machine. (2)  The shovel was a serious funding and simpler, but when dozens of males misplaced their revenue and couldn’t feed their households, wouldn’t it be value it? The thought was good, however innovation adjustments the way in which we do issues, turns processes the wrong way up and adjustments lives. It’s not obscure that William Otis died earlier than he managed to promote his first steam shovel.

Innovation is about daring to wager on what you consider in. It’s also pricey when it comes to time and assets; and, for many concepts, a doomed mission: round 90% of start-ups fail inside 5 years. ASAP Norway believes that profitable innovation have to be built-in into on a regular basis life. It’s about waking up daily, making the appropriate selections on the proper time and dealing onerous and good with plenty of endurance. Even with all these components in play, a good quantity of luck remains to be essential to succeed.

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Our background

Arriving on the hospital, Astrid Skreosen went straight to the maternity ward. Astrid, a mom of 4, had been working three jobs for years to get a full-time place right here. Being an auxiliary nurse throughout births was a busy job and he or she cherished it. The position primarily consisted of doing what the docs, midwives and nurses didn’t have the time to do; it was about operating errands for the lady in labour to make them really feel as comfy as potential. After each start it was Skreosen’s job to ensure every thing was shipshape earlier than the subsequent one. Nonetheless, that a part of the position ended up changing into so irritating that she give up her dream job after 15 years on the hospital.  What made her take this important step?

For auxiliary nurses within the maternity division, the cleanup course of after a start contains sizeable quantities of blood, liquids and different spills. The birthing mattress consists of three separate components which might be moved and adjusted in keeping with the wants of every start, which means there are innumerable nooks and crannies for these liquids to cover. Along with the spill points, the sheets on a birthing mattress weren’t fitted: no hospital sheets had been designed or made to suit a birthing mattress. An brisk start would trigger sheets to maneuver round, whereas absorbent pads would change into displaced and lose their objective. For hygienic functions, subsequently, the birthing mattress must be despatched for cleansing after every start, which is a really pricey and prolonged course of.

Was there no higher various available on the market than cotton sheets and tiny plastic pads for a birthing mattress? Since there was no answer obtainable, Skreosen – the founder and CEO of ASAP Norway – give up her job, decided to supply a greater answer herself.

Skreosen knew that her new concept may presumably revolutionise the business. It will want 4 key options with the intention to enhance on the earlier answer:

  • The product would want to remain correctly in place, irrespective of how a lot the affected person turned and kicked. This was resolved by attaching adhesive tape to the sheet;
  • The product needed to be resource-efficient: there’s already sufficient waste after a start, so no want so as to add extra into the pile. Utilizing three parts – bioplastics, superabsorbent polymer (SAP), and non-woven materials – the completed sheet could be 0.7mm skinny;
  • There needed to be a better approach to measure blood loss throughout a start, as this info is essential to supply the appropriate assist for each mom and little one. The sheet’s design allows healthcare practitioners to create a ‘bag’ on the finish of the mattress: not solely would this make it straightforward to measure blood loss, however it could even be an incredible deal extra hygienic and environment friendly, as all waste might be simply collected into the bag, making the cleanup course of after a start a lot simpler; and
  • The sheet needed to be constructed from sturdy, sustainable supplies and be sufficiently strong to carry a affected person from one mattress to a different. The supplies used within the sheet allow it to carry as much as 200kg.

A greater all-in-one answer could be onerous to search out. It will make the on a regular basis lifetime of so many hospital workers simpler and extra environment friendly, leaving healthcare professionals with extra priceless time for caring. The product could be biodegradable and fulfil all recognized necessities for being environmentally pleasant. Speak about saying hey to the longer term!

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Disposable sheets in healthcare

Using disposable linens in healthcare settings is just not a brand new idea, though admittedly demand has surged within the face of the worldwide coronavirus pandemic. Conventional robes, undersheets and drapes had been initially fabricated from cotton, earlier than the event of paper-based and extra tightly woven materials with fluid-repellent therapies.  Whereas a few of these new woven supplies had change into extra superior and sturdy by the 1970s, (3) the related hygiene points started to be recognised with the unfold of nosocomial pathologies. (4)

Analysis and technological innovation started to focus strongly on substituting these conventional linens with disposable supplies. Within the means of creating disposable mattress linen, researchers and producers have used a variety of supplies from virgin wooden pulp and recycled cellulose, to polypropylene and polyethylene derived from fossil oils, to Tencel fibres constructed from eucalyptus bushes. Most of those supplies have been developed to be extremely absorbent, whereas balancing the necessity for liquid and microbial barrier properties with the requirement of being tender and cozy.

In fact, the environmental and financial affect of single use merchandise has lengthy been a supply of debate, with issues relating to disposal of contaminated medical waste.5,6 Whereas organic safety is crucial in a healthcare setting, it has change into obvious that minimising environmental affect is a key space of concern.  Some supplies have been developed to be biodegradable with the intention to minimise bio-accumulation and toxicity to the atmosphere, whereas some now intention to make use of recycled or sustainable supplies. These properties attraction to the extra environmentally acutely aware ethos current each in healthcare procurement and amongst the broader inhabitants.

Regardless of the talk, single-use disposable linens have change into an on a regular basis healthcare consumable discovered on the vast majority of wards, emergency departments, well being centres, ambulance and domiciliary care suppliers. ASAP Norway is definitely making its mark relating to sustainable innovation and providing the healthcare employee a lighter ecological footprint.

COVID-19 and using an infection management and cleansing requirements in healthcare settings

In mild of the infectious nature of the COVID-19 virus, in depth protocols have been developed all around the world for the secure administration of an infection prevention and management. The demand for disposable medical textiles has rocketed, with the understanding that for sufferers who’re suspected or confirmed to be COVID-19 constructive, using disposable linen and textiles ought to at all times be thought of.

This was backed up by steerage produced by Public Well being England and the NHS in the UK. They define the suggested requirements of environmental cleansing and disinfection, with the advice that devoted or disposable gear is used. Particularly within the secure administration of the healthcare atmosphere the place blood and physique fluid contamination danger is excessive, affected person care gear ought to be single-use the place practicable. (7)

Previous to the pandemic, all healthcare employees may have been aware of carrying private protecting gear (PPE) when involved with sufferers to minimise the transmission of transferrable illnesses, in addition to using protecting textiles, undersheets and linens. These measures had been already in place within the background of healthcare, however the focus has now shifted and so they have emerged into the forefront of what’s anticipated from a secure and sanitary care atmosphere.

The main focus can also be very a lot on understanding that protecting gear and supplies are employed for the good thing about the affected person, but additionally for the well being, security and safety of the healthcare supplier. ASAP Norway gives a hygienic and handy choice for each sufferers and scientific workers.

You will need to acknowledge that, for the affected person, using disposable sheets can affect on their consolation and dignity, as they’re usually utilized in conditions which require sensitivity and compassion. When a product like ASAP Norway’s has the potential for skin-to-skin contact, the product ought to really feel clear, comfy and tender. From a scientific perspective, ASAP Norway’s disposable sheets play a job in defending laundry, clothes, furnishings and gear, by minimising cross-contamination and the bioburden of the care atmosphere.

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COVID-19 and use of disposable merchandise

The are many benefits of disposable medical supplies and textiles, such because the merchandise created by ASAP Norway. As talked about, they play a job within the safety of apparatus and bedding, in addition to helping in an infection management and minimising cross-contamination.

In these roles, ASAP Norway’s merchandise will not be solely on the forefront of COVID-19 administration: in addition they have a longtime market in healthcare areas like obstetrics, surgical procedure, restoration and important care, emergency and outpatient care, in addition to in ambulances and in neighborhood settings. They provide a handy and time environment friendly choice for busy, overstretched workers to arrange and clear up after procedures the place fluid contamination is probably going, to assist them take care of spills rapidly and successfully and make bedding and laundry adjustments with ease.

For the affected person and their households or carers, there’s the comforting reassurance of feeling protected by a product which promotes their security and dignity. ASAP Norway’s product is very absorbent, maintaining the affected person’s pores and skin drier and extra comfy to the contact. It’s also simply modified and disposed of when required, minimising disruption and discomfort and selling a excessive stage of an infection prevention and management. (8) The multipurpose facet of the product means it may simply be employed within the scientific or care setting, whether or not that be at dwelling or in a hospital, well being centre or nursing dwelling.

On understanding and coping with the fears of healthcare suppliers and sufferers relating to the COVID-19 pandemic, the power to deal with sufferers with merchandise that haven’t been utilized by anyone else promotes a really excessive diploma of confidence. Exemplary ranges of cleanliness and hygiene are actively being sought by healthcare suppliers in addition to the overall inhabitants within the combat once more coronavirus. It has been proven that this picture of cleanliness and hygiene is crucial from an an infection management perspective to minimise cross-contamination, and is psychologically vital to each healthcare employees and sufferers. (1)

It’s clear that ASAP Norway’s merchandise have taken on board these components relating to assembly the wants of healthcare, each generally and through a world pandemic.


1          Wikipedia. Accessed 15/12/2018.

2          JR Chiles, 2010. Accessed 15/12/2018.

3          G Solar. Disposable and reusable medical textiles. Textiles for Hygiene and An infection Management 2011 2014 Mar: 125-235.

4          C Signorelli et al. Issues of laundry hygiene. Annals of Hygiene 1989 Jan; (1-2): 81-6.

5          R Newton et al. Reusables vs. Disposables. Well being Care (Don Mills) 1984 Mar; 26(2): 24-5.

6          H Zins. Product points associated to reusable healthcare textiles. Analysis Journal of Textile and Attire 2006; 10(4): 73.

7          Public Well being England, August 2020. COVID-19: steerage for the remobilisation of companies inside well being and care settings. An infection prevention and management suggestions. Seen 11/11/2020.

8          NHS Enterprise Companies Authority and NHS Scientific Analysis Group, September 2017. Scientific overview: procedural underpads. Seen 11/11/2020.

Elena Skreosen
ASAP Norway

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