Central Medical Supplies Ltd (CMS), a specialist supplier of medical equipment, is now distributing the SleepAngel pillow, which it launched at the Infection Prevention Society (IPS) Annual Conference.

The pillow, developed by Gabriel Scientific, provides a clinically proven barrier to contamination and features the patented PneumaPure filter technology. This technology enables the pillow to ventilate, so it is comfortable, but prevents the passage of liquids and airborne pathogens that colonise the interior of standard bedding products.

The SleepAngel pillow features a multistretch, polyurethane coated, soft touch outer fabric. It is vapour permeable, waterproof, durable and easy to wipe clean. The pillow seams are welded on all sides rather than stitched, as needle perforations caused by sewing seams are over 100 times larger than harmful pathogens.

A Class 1 medical device – making it designed and registered for use in hospitals – the SleepAngel pillow helps reduce the risk of infection, improve patient care and saves a hospital trust money. The pillow is infection resistant, which keeps the pillow clean inside. Standard pillows can become contaminated inside but the SleepAngel pillow is a scientifically proven 100 per cent barrier to germs, including MRSA, Norovirus, C.diff, E.coli and other allergens.

Standard hospital pillow designs enable pathogens to enter through the cover fabric, side stitching, vents or a combination of all these entry points. In addition, the movement of contaminated pillows around hospital wards and through hospital laundries is identified as a mode of spreading pathogens.

In a study carried out at The Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals, 100 new SleepAngel pillows and 100 standard hospital pillows were used on wards for 90 days. Afterwards, the pillows were sent for microbiological analysis. Results of this analysis showed the majority of standard hospital pillows tested were contaminated with ‘potentially dangerous organisms.’

For more information on the product range log on to www.sleepangelmedical.com. To purchase the SleepAngel pillows, or to find out more, contact Tracey Pavier-Grant, Medical Sales Director at Central Medical Supplies, on 01538 392 596 or email tracey@centralmedical.co.uk.