When you are lying in hospital perhaps the last thing that would cross your mind is the possibility that you could pick up a life threatening illness from the pen your doctor is using to write up your notes.
Scientists at the University of Houston found that writing instruments touched by healthcare professionals and hospitalised patients are a potential source of cross-infection from Hospital Acquired Infections (HAIs) including MRSA.
Thir studies found that although health personnel are trained in hand washing procedures, writing pens may be carried over several days without disinfection, making them potential carriers of infectious agents.
Swanneck left handed pens are the result of over five years' research and development by Swanneck Ltd, a UK company based near London, and Addmaster (UK) Ltd.
The pens are treated with Biomaster antimicrobial technology for the healthcare sector, providing a safe, effective and permanent solution to reduce the risk of cross infection, lasting the lifetime of the pen.
The original Swanneck pen was designed to make writing simple for left-handers, although the pen is just as effective for right-handers and people writing in Arabic and other right-to-left languages.
The pen also helps left-handed children who often find it difficult to see what they are writing when they are learning to shape characters. The pen’s simple design incorporates the patented S bend neck and ergonomic grip.
When manufactured with added antimicrobial protection, Swanneck Pens reduce the growth of bacteria and prevent the spread of bacteria, making them ideally suited for use in the NHS and general medical sector.