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Winning the war against infection

Never has the need for cleanliness in healthcare been so critical. Nor has the need for bacteria and microbe-free surfaces been so vital in stopping the spread of infection. The rise of COVID 19 has again highlighted the deadly role that contaminated surfaces play in the spread of disease and infection, such as antibiotic-resistant infections, especially in hospital and care home environments.

Washability helps hospitals fight infections

The battle continues

Antibiotic-resistant infections remain one of the biggest health risks of our time. Addressing this threat is still a public health priority. COVID 19 is not the first and will not be the last challenge our struggling healthcare system will face. It’s time to clean up our act.

By 2050 more people will die of hospital infections than cancer.
Statens Serum Institute

Are you prepared?

At LINAK, we have a range of washable healthcare devices and interfaces, which permit thorough cleaning, again and again, without affecting product performance: A powerful contribution to an infection-free future.


Clean with confidence

Contamination from even the cleanest hands is hard to prevent, and accepted cleaning processes are no longer adequate to prevent infection spreading from surfaces such as bed frames and control interfaces. However, with modern automated cleaning processes, it is possible to thoroughly clean and disinfect hospital equipment. But that equipment must be equipped with robust and washable elements if it is to withstand the rigors of constant cleaning and washing.


Did you know:
The 5 moments for Hand Hygiene

To fight the spread of hospital-acquired infections, the WHO defines 5 key moments when healthcare workers should perform hand hygiene:

  1. Before touching a patient
  2. Before a cleaning/aseptic procedure
  3. After a body fluid exposure risk
  4. After touching a patient
  5. After touching patient surroundings

Read more about the WHO guidelines for hand hygiene here.

WHO defines 5 key moments when healthcare workers should perform hand hygiene

Fighting infection since 1990

Over 30 years ago, LINAK introduced the concept of “washable” components, which went beyond the then insufficient IP ratings. Over the years, this concept became a standard adopted by the industry. Two years ago, we again raised the bar for lasting hygiene with our range of DURA™ components: 5x more durable than existing standards demand.

The IP code is an international standard also known as an IP Rating (Ingress Protection Rating): It is the rating of a product's ability to withstand liquid and dust intrusion. Defined by IEC/EN 60529, the standard was developed by the International Electrotechnical Commission and is recognized all over the world. The IP rating represents a code that the manufacturer is supposed to specify so that the client knows if the product is protected against intrusions of solid-state or liquid particles.

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Wipe down
Protected against water splashing from any angle.
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Water protected
Protected against high pressure water jets from any angle.
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Machine washable
Tested according to normal industry standards.
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Extended machines washable
Tested to exceed normal industry standards to ensure a long lifetime, wash after wash.


Hygiene is contagious

In Nordic hospitals, the use of automated wash tunnels to disinfect beds and lifts is on the rise. It is only a matter of time before the benefits of this cost-reducing, hygiene-boosting solution become commonplace. This trend places higher demands on the components that OEMs use for their bed and lift solutions: They must be able to withstand multiple washes in the harsh, extreme conditions of the wash tunnel.


Future-proof solutions

By fitting LINAK Washable or DURA™ standard components now, companies can offer bed and lift solutions that will be wash-tunnel ready, if and when their customers upgrade their cleaning program, saving them the cost of replacing non-washable units.



MEDLINE & CARELINE product overview

Dive into the wide variety of innovative MEDLINE & CARELINE products that can help you improve your hospital and healthcare equipment.

Focus on healthcare beds

When looking for ways to make people in need of care more independent, the bed is an obvious place to start. LINAK offers the perfect fit in various constructions for healthcare beds.

LINAK IPX6 Washable DURA™ flyer

Washability is part of modern healthcare. LINAK IPX6 Washable DURA™ for adjustable Hospital & Care equipment – the next level of clean.

Safety folder

Different applications need different safety features. Regardless of what healthcare application you are designing, LINAK offers a wide variety of standard and optional safety features.

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