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MEDICA and COMPAMED go virtual

MEDICA 2020 and COMPAMED 2020 will take place entirely online from 16 to 19 November.

Within the framework of 'virtual.MEDICA' and 'virtual.COMPAMED', decision-makers from all sectors of the healthcare industry can expect a comprehensive range of products and services at and focusing on: The Conference Area, the Exhibition Space and the Networking Plaza.

The next events, MEDICA 2021 and COMPAMED 2021, will be held as a hybrid event next year. The hybrid concept consists of combining live platforms for professional visitors to the Düsseldorf trade fair centre and digital offers.

Wolfram Diener, Chairman and CEO of Messe Düsseldorf, said: “Our hygiene and infection protection plan was positively received by the exhibitors and the successive relaxations of the international travel rules in early summer meant that we had realistic hopes that both trade fairs would be able to be held successfully and safely … Against the backdrop of a multitude of travel limitations and considering the very international demographic of MEDICA and COMPAMED in terms of both exhibitors and visitors, we must now focus solely on the virtual format this year.”

More than 80 per cent of exhibitors have come from abroad, from around 70 different nations, and visitors from around 170 nations. Both events brought in a total of over 6,300 exhibitors and 121,000 professional visitors last year.

Horst Giesen, Global Portfolio Director for Health & Medical Technologies at Messe Düsseldorf, added: “Over the past few years, we have constantly expanded our digital offers and therefore have established internet-based industry platforms in the form of our MEDICA and COMPAMED web portals. We can now implement these in order to offer our customers the appropriate tools for networking and facilitating the valuable transfer of knowledge, even in these challenging times.”

Giesen concluded: “Participants can expect to see highlights with high relevance to Corona in particular in these virtual formats. In addition, there will be diverse web presentations from exhibitors on their innovations and an online matchmaking area for making valuable business contacts.”

Anti-bacterial film developed for touchscreen medical devices

23 September 2020

Display and embedded solutions provider Review Display Systems has announced the availability of a nano-silver anti-bacterial laminate film that can be used to enhance the safety of touchscreen-based healthcare equipment.

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has brought the continued use of touchscreen-based display systems into sharp focus during recent months. The cleanliness and hygiene of touch monitors used by the public or located in healthcare facilities has become significantly more important.

Interactive touchscreen-based display systems are known hotspots for bacteria and germs. Review Display Systems anti-bacterial technology can help to eliminate 99.9% of microbial bacteria traditionally found on these high-contact touch surfaces. Without the film, bacteria can live on the touchscreen surface and can quickly spread to others who interact with the device.

Justin Coleman, displays division manager, Review Display Systems said: “The implementation of graphical user interfaces with touchscreen-based systems has become widespread across many industries. Maintaining consumer confidence that these systems can continue to be safely and effectively used is essential. The easy-to-apply, antimicrobial laminate film provides a strong and reliable defence against the continued existence of bacteria that come into contact with the surface of the touchscreen.”

Suitable for existing products or new system designs, applying the film is fast and simple, such that customers can self-laminate touchscreen-based display systems no matter what the type or size of product. The antimicrobial film is currently available in sizes up to 32-inch although bespoke, custom sizes can easily be prepared. The antimicrobial film can be placed over the exterior surface of a touchscreen to effectively combat harmful bacteria.

The antimicrobial film has a thickness of 155µm with an optical transparency of greater than 90%, and the backing adhesive is silicone based, easy to apply, resists bubbling, and seals effectively.

Nano-silver technology uses silver nano-particles. Silver ions are effective against multiple bacteria types and work by perforating the glycoprotein structure of the bacterial cell wall. Bacteria require protease for metabolism and reproduction, and silver ions undergo a chemical reaction with sulfhydryl, cause a denaturation of protein, rendering the bacteria inactive, unable to reproduce, and results in the death of the bacterial cell. Silver ions will revert to silver atoms upon the destruction of the bacterial cell and continue to remain on the surface of the film, maintaining its anti-bacterial effectiveness.

The Review Display Systems antimicrobial film has been tested with the JIS Z 2801 method - which tests the ability of plastics, metals, ceramics and other antimicrobial surfaces to inhibit the growth of micro-organisms or kill them - using E.coli and Staphylococcus aureus with a resulting anti-bacterial value of R≥2 (99.99%).

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