Nations in the Middle East are increasingly becoming go-to spots for quality, affordable healthcare. This is no truer than in the UAE, for example. With the UAE actively working towards further establishing itself as a medical tourist destination, and Dubai, specifically, looking to attract 500,000 medical tourists by 2020 from countries such as Russia, CIS Countries, GCC, India, Pakistan, Nigeria, and Angola, the importance of specifying anti-bacterial devices has never been greater. However, not all products are the same, which is why it is so important for consultants to take a diligent approach when specifying switches, sockets, and trunking systems in the healthcare arena, given they’re among the most frequently-touched devices. 

In terms of wiring accessories, a solid recommendation is MK’s Logic Plus range. The range is produced using urea formaldehyde; a high-grade thermoset material that has similar inherent properties to antimicrobial additives, which inhibits the growth of infectious diseases such as MRSA, E. coli, salmonella and Klebsiella pneumoniae. In this way, with the anti-bacterial property being inherent in the actual compound of the product, Logic Plus is incredibly effective at killing dangerous bacteria. An independent laboratory test MK Electric previously ran shows a kill rate of 99.9% against MRSA and a kill rate of 98.9% against Klebsiella pneumoniae. In addition, the range is scratch-free thanks to high quality mould tools, meaning there are no dirt traps for the bacteria to spread – another way of optimizing precautionary levels.

For a complete antibacterial solution, MK Electric's Prestige 3D Antibac Blue has been specifically designed to complement Logic Plus, helping to kill bacteria, which can grow on surfaces such as trunking systems. It is an additional protection which can operate efficiently if surfaces are kept free of dirt and grime, and is not intended to replace standard cleaning regimes.

Again, as the additive is homogenous with the PVC-u compound, the protection runs throughout; in this way, there is no loss of effectiveness where the trunking lengths are cut on-site or if the surface becomes scuffed or scratched. The result, as verified by a separate independent test, is a 99.9% kill rate on both MRSA and Klebsiella pneumoniae.
As both trunking and wiring devices are both open to human contact, the risk of infection spread is great and must, therefore, be controlled. By taking advantage of the latest solutions, such as Logic Plus and Prestige 3D Antibac Blue, healthcare facilities developers & owners can ensure a total antibacterial solution; optimizing safety and peace of mind for their customers while helping to raise standards for the greater good.