Anti-microbial Paper An economical solution for the prevention of HCAIs

The Risk of Infection Has Never Been Greater

An NHS Foundation Trust has been fined more than £700,000 for missing targets for the control of superbugs.
The NAO identified a lack of robust aggregate data on the total number of HCAIs in England but estimated that there were at least 300,000 HCAIs a year and that they were costing the NHS over £1 billion.

The Socio-economic Burden of Hospital Acquired Infection – Public Health Laboratory Service London

Antibiotics are losing their effectiveness at an increasing rate. The more we use antibiotics, the greater the chance bacteria will become resistant to them and they can no longer be used to treat infections.
Hospitals are considered an excellent compartment for the selection of resistant and multi-drug resistant (MDR) bacteria. The overuse and misuse of anti-microbial agents are considered key points fuelling this situation.

National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health

Good Hygiene

Despite efforts to promote good hand hygiene practices, isolation protocols and cleaning of healthcare surfaces, HCAI acquired during hospital stays are the most common complication of hospital care, and one of the most serious patient safety concerns.

Patient safety has become the prime focus of healthcare, and preventing HCAI remains a priority.

BOE Publishing introduces an innovative brand of anti-microbial paper in conjunction with Biomaster anti-microbial technology

When it comes to healthcare environments – hospitals, care homes, doctors surgeries, drop-in centres and home care - hygiene is critical.

Protection against the dangers you can't see

Paper is, by its very nature, inherently difficult to clean. It is a perfect breeding ground for bacteria and a known source of cross-contamination.

The Journal of Hospital Infection also published research confirming that patient files contaminated with dangerous bacteria were helping to spread contamination across hospital wards.

The Risk of Ordinary Paper

Studies by The Hospital Infection Society show that bacteria such as MRSA can survive on paper for up to 38 weeks.

A study conducted by the American Journal of Nursing stated: 'Bacteria not only survive on paper but can also be transferred from one person's hand to paper and back to another person's hands'


Our paper uses silver ion technology to reduce the population of bacteria and fungus, within 2 hours of contact.

We submitted our products printed on anti-microbial paper for testing by an independent laboratory, under strict conditions harmful species of bacteria were reduced by up to 99.99%

The paper was awarded certification to validate this in December 2009 by IMSL (lndustrial Mlcrobiologlcal Services Limited).

The Science Behind Our Paper

Our paper uses biocide silver ion technology helping to reduce the population of bacteria and fungus within two hours of contact.

The Action of Our Anti-microbial Technology

  1. Silver ions bind to the cell wall of the bacterium; preventing growth
  2. The silver ions interrupt enzyme production; stopping the bacteria producing energy
  3. Silver ions interrupt the cell's DNA; preventing DNA replication and new cell formation

Silver provides anti-microbial protection without allowing bacteria to develop any resistance

The use of anti-microbial paper technology in healthcare environments reduces the risk of bacterial build up of harmful organisms such as MRSA, E coli and Legionella 24 hours a day, 7 days a week forming part of infection control protocols.

Our paper is used in hospitals across the UK, and is a staple feature of all of BOE's products.

Find out more about BOE and our paper today

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BOE Publishing Limited

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Telephone: 01253 336 200

Email: office@boe.uk.com

Created By
Jack Thomas Westbrook


Created with an image by NIAID - "Staphylococcus aureus Bacteria"