Home' Australian Ageing Agenda : AAA Nov-Dec 2011 Contents ged-care facilities and hospitals
are leaving staff and patients
unprotected to contagious bacteria
including E.Coli, Golden Staph,
Listeria and Salmonella by not treating concrete
for contaminants before sealing it to a depth of
at least 100mm in kitchens, patient and resident
rooms, wards, theatres and public areas according
to recent fndings from Defecta, an organisation
specialising in concrete protection for 'at-risk'
"When we test for bacterial contaminants in
these public places, we are constantly surprised,"
says Decru. “Concrete is an extremely porous
medium and bacteria breeds in microscopic
air pockets on any concrete surface and within
its matrix – particularly walls and foors – and
especially in high traffc areas such as aged-care
facilities and hospitals where it's imperative to
CONTAMINANTS BREED INFECTION
"You only need human contaminants like
blood, faeces or urine to touch a concrete surface
and it becomes impossible to erase residues
through nor mal cleaning practises or by using
products claiming to seal concrete which do not
have government certifcation or registration. In
most aged-care facilities, contaminated concrete
is not only a breeding ground for disease, but
also releases toxins and odours into the air we
breathe,” says Decru.
For older establishments the concern is
even greater as most products used to seal
concrete do not kill microbial agents. This allows
har mful bacteria to grow and be released into the
environment and spread contagious disease.
MAJOR CITY HOSPITALS NOW ELIMINATE HARMFUL
BACTERIA FROM CONCRETE WITH DEFLECTA
"We use a different procedure in older
aged-care facilities and hospitals to remove
microbial bacteria,” says Decru. “The procedure
used guarantees removal of microbes that can
cause Golden Staph, E. Coli and Salmonella.
All aged-care facilities and hospitals need to
protect their staff and patients from the concrete
up – it’s an essential environmental risk-control
procedure for most health care providers now,"
he said citing numerous major city hospitals
including The Royal Womens Hospital, St John
of God Hospitals and Gold Coast University
Hospital among others using Defecta Stabilizer
SAFE HANDLING PROCEDURES
While the optimum health and safety practise
for health and aged-care facilities is adding an
antimicrobial solution to the original concrete
pour during construction, much can still be done
to remove dangerous bacteria once a building is
It’s rare to have a non-toxic product as
effective as Defecta Stabilizer Antimicrobial
with no VOC/VOS content that's safe to handle
during application, which means less downtime
for busy centres.
ARCHITECTS RECOGNISE VALUE OF PREVENTION
"We often work with architects in the early
development stages when building a hospital to
specify our product as we both recognise the
importance of creating a building that doesn't
need high ongoing maintenance costs or 'retro
protection’. That’s why a product like Defecta
Stabilizer Antimicrobial is so unique as it saves
time and money to incorporate a building's
defence systems during construction, rather than
later, which adds additional costs,” says Decru.
GOVERNMENT CERTIFIED + REGISTERED
Defecta Stabilizer Antimicrobial is ‘world
frst’ in concrete protection and the only
company to have Australian Government
Certifcation and Registration.
With concrete protection to a minimum
of 100mm, and surface hardening as a positive
aside, the reduction of dangerous microbial
bacteria in aged-care facilities and hospitals may
soon be a reality.
FIND OUT MORE
Contact Robert Decru on 03 9318 9315 or
visit their website – www.defecta.com.au for
De ecta's long list of projects in aged-care facilities include Grace
McKellar Nursing Home, Vic; Kyabram Aged Care, Vic; Milford
Grange Retirement Community, Qld; Moreton Shores Independent
Living Units, Qld; Advanced Aged Care, Qld; Castle Hill Retirement
Village, Residential Aged-Care Facility, NSW; Tennyson Aged
Care, Vic; Trafalgar Aged Care, Vic; Woolooware Aged Care, NSW.
Could the concrete in your
facility be spreading disease?
"CONCRETE IS AN EXTREMELY POROUS
MEDIUM AND BACTERIA BREEDS IN
MICROSCOPIC AIR POCKETS ON ANY
CONCRETE SURFACE AND WITHIN ITS MATRIX
-- PARTICULARLY WALLS AND FLOORS -- AND
ESPECIALLY IN HIGH TRAFFIC AREAS SUCH AS
AGED-CARE FACILITIES AND HOSPITALS."
Industry expert, Robert Decru, believes contaminants in
concrete are afecting the health of everyday Australians.
“When we test for bacterial contaminants in aged-care
facilities and hospitals, alarm bells often ring,” says Decru, CEO
of Defecta, a company working with architects and developers
to protect staf, residents and patients from diseased concrete.
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