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Íew Antimicrobial conduit system

suitable for areas requiring implementation of


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Antimicrobial protection

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cutting edge technologies for a sustainable and safe environment


Hospital-acquired infections result in:

4 million patients

2,5 million additional days of hospitalization

1,5 billion euros in additional hospital health care expenses

37.000 lives lost

Indicative figures Every year 4 million patients in the EU are affected by hospitalacquired infections caused by microorganisms, 37,000 of whom die (source: ECDC). Resultant additional days of hospitalization for the above patients amount to 2.5 million and additional health care expenses amount to around 1.5 billion euros (source: ΕΜΑ). Average cost incurred during ICU stay is 3,000 euros. Approximately 15,000 patients are hospitalized every year due to Legionnaires’ disease (source: CDC). Salmonella alone, the most common anthropozoonosis, each year accounts for approximately 200,000 cases of infections due to consumption of infected foods (source: EFSA). ΕΜΑ / European Medicines Agency ECDC / European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control CDC / Centres for Disease Prevention and Control EFSA / European Food and Safety Authority


Bacteria contaminate surface of BioCote 速 i) It combines with bacterial protected conduit system. proteins in the cell and cell wall


ii) It interferes with DNA replication. iii) It promotes formation of reactive oxygen species.

2 The antimicrobial product structure act against contaminating bacteria.



The activity of the antimicrobial structure Microbes die, conduit system is protected against bacteria is described above. from microbial deterioration.

antimicrobial protection "Antimicrobial protection is increasingly the greatest risk to public health in Europe" (ECDC)

Microorganisms, or microbes, are living things too small to be seen with the unaided human eye. They can be found everywhere, in the natural and manmade environments. Importantly, microbes will reproduce whenever the conditions they are living in are favourable. Some types of microbes are used for the benefit of mankind, for example in food production. Other microbes are harmful to man because they are the cause of infectious diseases. These pathogenic microbes are a major cause of morbidity and mortality the world over. Mankind is continually challenging the harmful effects of microbes, notably with antimicrobial technologies. These technologies include the ability to produce materials commonly used in diverse environments with a sustained antimicrobial feature. An antimicrobial material can both inhibit the growth of microbes and reduce the number of microbes contaminating its surface. Even in the cleanest environment where good hygiene practices are employed, microbial contamination will occur because of factors like air circulation and human contact. Once microbes are present on surfaces, there is an undesirable risk of cross contamination within that environment and beyond. Antimicrobial materials offer an additional layer of protection to conventional cleaning which is useful in reducing the number of microbes in an environment, but antimicrobial technology can be beneficial in keeping the numbers of microbes relatively low in between episodes of cleaning.



why use antimicrobial products? The use of antimicrobial products in restaurants, food storing and food production where HACCP is implemented reduces the biological hazards that may arise and threaten the food safety.

In sanitary areas and public gathering spaces such as hospitals, medical centres, operating theatres, workshops, nurseries, schools, sports centres, laboratories, food factories and areas subject to the requirements of the HACCP system, people will be exposed to a wide range of microbes because of contaminated surfaces. The presence of pathogenic microbes in these environments posed the risk of infectious disease in people using these facilities because of cross contamination (risk of pathogens infection). An effective strategy to reduce the risk of cross contamination is the integration of antimicrobial technology in these environments. Studies have shown antimicrobial materials reduce the amount of microbial contamination in people-containing environments by approximately 95% compared to untreated environments. Antimicrobial protection complements the cleanliness that is essential in all hugiene-sensitive and public areas thus minimizing the growth of microorganisms that are dangerous to man. In no way is it a substitute for cleanliness.



Integrated technology in the raw material that prevents the growth of microbes including mould and fungi


99,9% of dangerous

microorganisms eliminated in under 24 hours



New antimicrobial

Ø16 - Ø63


conduit system The new MEDISOL® ΑΜ -MEDIFLEX® AM Medium Type (750Nt) antimicrobial conduit system has been exclusively designed to cover sensitive areas where hygiene is top priority thus making it the most responsible antimicrobial solution. Special characteristics:

Issued for KOUVIDIS with patent number 1007372 from the Hellenic Industrial Property Organisation

» 99.9% elimination of the most widespread pathogens that can settle on the surfaces of conduits such as Staphylococcus (MRSA), Klebsiella pneumoniae, Salmonella spp, etc. (See test results page 13) and total protection against the growth/multiplication of bacteria and breeding grounds of microorganisms. » Certification of antimicrobial effectiveness in accordance with international standard ΙSO 22196 (Measurement of antibacterial activity on plastics surfac-

es) from the British antimicrobial testing laboratory BIOCOTE. » Full compliance with European Directive EU 98/8/EC concerning the placing of biocidal products on the market. » Integrated in the products is an antimicrobial agent guaranteeing long-lasting bactericidal action. The system maintains its antimicrobial activity even if any of its parts happen to get scratched. » White colour (RAL 9003) facilitates inspection and cleaning.


examples of application fields The new MEDISOL速 AM - MEDIFLEX速 AM antimicrobial system is ideal for environments where the presence, multiplication and spread of bacteria must be eliminated or, at the very least, controlled. Examples of such areas are:

Sanitary areas hospitals, medical centres, operating theatres, intensive care units (ICU), laboratories

Hospital rooms

Operating rooms

Medical industries

Pubic gathering spaces schools, nursery schools, sports centres, nursing homes


Education centers

Sports centers


Areas requiring implementation of the HACCP 22000 System laboratories, food industries & warehouses, restaurants, wastewater treatment facilities

Professional cuisines

Dairy industries

Food storages

Meat processing

Wine factories



series of antimicrobial products The exceptional properties of the new MEDISOL® ΑΜ - MEDIFLEX® AM system go above and beyond its cutting-edge technology. Its individual characteristics create two leading conduit systems:

MEDISOL® AM - MEDIFLEX® AM Ø16 - Ø63 The MEDISOL® AM - MEDIFLEX® AM conduit system consists of MEDISOL® AM rigid conduits, MEDIFLEX® AM pliable system and MEDISOL® AM (couplers, clips, adaptors & boxes).

MEDISOL® AM/HF - MEDIFLEX® AM/HF Ø16 - Ø63 The MEDISOL® AM/HF - MEDIFLEX® AM/HF conduit system is available on request and consists of MEDISOL® AM/HF rigid conduits, MEDIFLEX® AM/HF pliable conduits and MEDISOL® AM/HF bends. All the other fittings come from the MEDISOL® AM MEDIFLEX® AM conduit system. 99,9%






Product is made of halogen free raw materials - absence of fluorine, iodine, bromine, chlorine, etc - (EN 50267.02.02)

The product and its production process are controlled and inspected by the German Institute VDE

Compliance with Construction Products European Directive 89/106/EEC (CPD)

Ingress protection against solid objects and water (EN 60529)

Minimum impact strength

Low smoke during combustion (EN 61034)

Minimum - Maximum permanent applicationinstallation temperature

Minimum compression strength

The product does not contain hazardous substances acc. to 2002/95/EC Directive (RoHS)

Compliance with Biocidal Products Directive 98/8/EC (BPD) concerning the placing of biocidal products on the market

Certification Quality Management System EN ISO 9001:2008

Certification Environmental Management System EN ISO 14001:2004

Certification Occupational Health and Safety System OHSAS 18001:1999

Product Conformity to all requirements of relative European Directives

Compliance with REACH Regulation EC/1907/2006 about chemicals.


Product’s color according to RAL color chart



Antimicrobial product that neutralize 99,9% of harmful bacteria


test results from and The antibacterial efficiency of the new MEDISOL®AM - MEDIFLEX®AM system is evaluated on the basis of international Standard ISO 22196 by the leading British antimicrobial testing laboratory, BioCote. The test results showed almost total (99.9%) elimination of the following microorganisms: MRSA (Staphylococcus) Permanent risk to hospitalized and immunosuppressed patients. E-coli Is part of the natural flora of the intestine and can cause serious food poisoning in man as well as product recall. The integrated antimicrobial technology is equally effective also against the following microbes: Salmonella Is found in animals, humans and the environment. It causes diseases such as typhoid and paratyphoid fever as well as food-borne infections. Klebsiella pneumoniae A basic cause of hospital-acquired infection. It can cause pneumonia in people with weakened immune systems (alcoholics, diabetics, the elderly, children, etc.). Streptococci Causative factors of pharyngitis, meningitis, pneumonia, endocarditis, etc. Enterococci Can jeopardize health by causing endocarditis, urinary infections, etc. Pseudomonas aeruginosa Found in soil, water, skin, medical instruments, catheters, etc., it is a common cause of hospital-acquired infections and affects people

with a weakened immune system. Acinetobacter baumanii Causes pneumonia, urinary infections etc. and is responsible for thousands of deaths per year. Legionella Is found in cooling towers, swimming pools, boilers, etc. It is transmitted through droplets and can cause a severe form of pneumonia. Lactobacilli Coexist in the gastrointestinal tract and are used in the preparation of dairy products, beer, wine, animal feed, etc. Clostridium difficile Creates breeding grounds for infection in hospitals, nursing homes, medical centres, etc. Causing diarrhoea and severe colon infections.

BioCote is one of the leading laboratories worldwide in the field of antimicrobial protection. It continuously develops innovative antimicrobial technologies used exclusively in products intended for areas where hygiene is a priority. The mechanical strength of the brand new MEDISOL® AM - MEDIFLEX® AM is tested and inspected, according to the requirements of the European Standards ΕN 61386.01 and EN 60670-1, from the internationally acknowledged German Institute of VDE.



We have a responsibility towards man and the environment.

environmental awareness KOUVIDIS thinks and acts ecologically, constantly seeking ways, when designing, producing and packaging its products, to minimise adverse effects on the environment.

Design Ecodesign minimising the use of harmful raw materials, replacing hazardous substances, facilitating recycling, reducing energy consumption, protecting natural resources and reducing adverse effects on the environment throughout the product life cycle.

Production Constant development of production systems to secure optimal use of raw ingredients, energy saving, reduction of CO2 emissions and constant reduction of the company’s environmental footprint. All procedures are in line with the implementation of an environmental management system certified to standard ΕΝ ISO 14001:2004.

Packaging Ecodesign using 100% recycled packaging materials and water-soluble ink. No primary raw materials used annual 5-ton reduction in weight of cardboard box materials, 80% reduction in ink, minimization of adverse effects on the environment and total product awareness.


A human and eco-friendly range: our products are hazardous-substance free (RoHS), halogen-free, low smoke, SVHC-free, according to the REACH regulation, have 100% eco-friendly packaging, and offer increased safety in their specific fields of application. KOUVIDIS has developed its own eco-friendly labelling symbolising the environmental-friendliness of a product.



100% recycled paper 80% ink reduction 30% less packaging paper 100% recognizable


January 2012

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Antimicrobial conduit system