Coor in Swedish Innovation Agency project to increase patient safety

Coor Service Management is participating in the I-Tex project run by Vinnova, the Swedish Innovation Agency, which is designed to cut the number of healthcare-associated infections (HAIs).

An estimated 4,100,000 patients acquire an HAI in the EU each year, and the European Centre of Disease Prevention and Control estimates that at least 37,000 deaths are caused as a direct result of them. HAI is Sweden's fourth largest cause of death, and results in enormous societal cost and personal suffering. The annual cost of care for HAI in Sweden is about SEK 3,700 m. After contact via the hands, the most significant means of transmission is via clothing.

Project I-Tex is intended to generate comprehensive knowledge and new textiles that reduce the spread and growth of bacteria in sensitive environments. Through the intelligent use of innovative functional textiles and non-woven materials, the aim of the project is to create a healthier patient care environment, with the overall target of reducing HAIs.

The project, part funded by Vinnova, is led by the Technical Research Institute of Sweden and is being conducted by a broad, cross-sector consortium extending across academia, institutes, industry and the public sector.

"I-Tex is a project right at the leading edge of progress and innovation. With our in-depth knowledge of the hygiene and cleaning segment, we can help create a better, healthier society," commented Fredrik Sandquist, who heads up Coors Service Management's innovation program.

Please find more information, images etc. at www.coor.com or contact:

Fredrik Sandquist, Head of Innovation & Operational Excellence
Coor Service Management
+46 10 559 59 53, fredrik.sandquist@coor.com

Åsvor Brynnel, Head of Communications
Coor Service Management
+46 10 559 54 04, asvor.brynnel@coor.com