SFXRAY and BioMaster
SFXRAY have partnered with BioMaster, a leading anti microbial
technology company to provide additional protection to your
Biomaster guarantees fast, effective antimicrobial protection for the
effective lifetime of the product, helps to keep surfaces clean and
hygienic and reduces the risk of cross-contamination.
Biomaster antimicrobial protection v disinfectant
Biomaster Antimicrobial Technology in Healthcare
Why Use BioMaster?
Biomaster provides a second line of defence in hygiene critical environments, reducing bacterial levels on product surfaces and in high-traffic, shared areas to provide an added level of protection in addition to regular cleaning.
Independently tested to ISO standards, Biomaster protected surfaces have been proven to inhibit the growth of harmful bacteria, including MRSA, VRE, Acinetobacter baumannii, Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Klebsiella pneumoniae amongst others.
How is BioMaster Added?
Biomaster is added during the manufacturing process.
Unlike topical treatments, Biomaster is incorporated in the product not on it, providing permanent product protection.
Benefits of BioMaster
Biomaster pro-actively inhibits/disrupts the growth of bacteria/microbes on treated surfaces making your product more hygienic.
Biomaster complements cleaning regimes working 24/7 to protect product surfaces.
How does Biomaster silver ion technology work?
When silver ions are built into a substrate they bind to and damage the bacteria cell wall preventing growth.
The bacteria no longer produce energy and the DNA is interrupted, preventing replication. If a bacteria cell cannot grow, produce energy or replicate, it dies.
Unlike a chemical agent such as a disinfectant, silver ions don’t ‘kill’ microbes. They inhibit the growth of microbes so they cannot survive on a given surface.
How effective is Biomaster silver ion technology?
The technology has been rigorously tested at independent laboratories to prove efficacy and is proven to inhibit the growth of bacteria by up to 99.99%.
It also destroys many other types of harmful microorganisms such as viruses, fungi and moulds.
How long is it effective for?
It is effective for the intended lifetime of the product that it is added to. It becomes an integral part of the finished item and does not wear off or leaches out.
Is silver ion technology as fast-acting as a disinfectant?
While not as quick as cleaning chemicals, silver ion technology will achieve significant reductions in microbial load just 15 minutes and up to 99% in just two hours.
Disinfectants act much more rapidly, but their efficacy is short-lived – up to two hours at most.
Does silver ion technology affect a product in any way?
No, apart from imparting antimicrobial properties, silver ion technology does not change product appearance or mechanical properties in any way. You can’t see, smell or taste it.
Is Biomaster completely safe?
Yes. The antimicrobial properties of silver have been known for centuries with no harmful effects. Silver is not toxic to humans. Silver ion technology is used in thousands of applications around the world including, medical, food and water applications.
Is there a difference between antimicrobial and antibacterial?
An antimicrobial inhibits the growth of, or acts to destroy all types of harmful microorganisms such as bacteria, fungi and moulds.
An antibacterial specifically prevents the growth of bacteria so antibacterial is a subset of antimicrobial.
In some applications it is also effective against viruses.
Is it effective against antibiotic-resistant bacteria?
Silver ion technology has been proven effective against antibiotic-resistant bacteria such as Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and Vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus (VRE).
Is there any definitive data to support the efficacy of silver ion technology in reducing healthcare acquired infections?
It is widely accepted that silver ion technology could play a major part in the fight against Hospital Acquired Infections such as MRSA, however there are so many parameters to consider in a hospital environment which impact HAI’s that the Department of Health has said it is impossible to produce definitive data.
For example, you could not measure the reduction of HAI’s with the addition of an antimicrobial door handle because there are so many variables to consider, such as patient health in the ward, location in the hospital, hand-washing and frequency of use, etc.
However we have worked with the NHS to produce data with them on bacterial levels on actual products, with and without silver ion technology.
In extended trials in real-life situations silver ion technology showed a significant reduction in bacterial load on surfaces that were treated. This report is available on request.
There are also several independent white papers available proving the association between surface bioburden and frequently touched sites.
Is silver-ion technology similar to nano-silver technology?
Silver nano-particles (AgNPs) are well known for their excellent antibacterial ability. However they consist of very small particles which can be easily transfer into the environment.
All nano particles are considered toxic to humans. Because of their small size they can pass through skin cells. Many countries have banned nano technology due to on-going safety concerns about the use of such small particles.
By comparison, the very smallest silver ion particle is more than twenty times bigger than the largest nano particle and does not pose any threat to humans or the environment.
Addmaster does not use any form of nanotechnology in its antimicrobial additives because of these safety concerns.