Hospital Acquired Infections – The real scale of the problem


NHS professionals will be able to see and touch the latest innovation in the fight against healthcare-associated infections (HCAIs) e.g. Norovirus and C-Difficile as the FlipPad™ is revealed at the IPS Annual Conference in Liverpool from 28 – 30 September, on Stand 24.

The new rugged, medical grade iPad case, made for the iPad Air and Air 2 is designed to be easily cleaned with standard infection control sprays, and is resistant to shock and accidental spillages.

Developed in consultation with doctors and nurses at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children, the FlipPad™ can hang on any standard NHS bedrail and be operated by a clinician wearing standard surgical gloves whilst also examining their patient. In addition the FlipPad™ also features a new antimicrobial glass to resist bacterial growth, and the materials used are approved for use in operating theatres and elsewhere in the NHS where infection prevention is important.


Pfizer bought the FlipPad for their liquid dose manufacturing facility at Discovery Park in Kent. They needed a case for the iPad Air 2 and the iPad Pro. The FlipPad is used in their super clean room to protect the iPad and allow them to use surgical gloves when operating the iPad.

A number of Pfizer capabilities critical to the delivery of the company’s mid to late stage portfolio are located at Discovery Park.

These include Pharmaceutical Sciences; Safety and Regulatory; Medical; Business Units; Quality Assurance; and Business Support Functions (Procurement & Operations, HR, Finance, Patents and Business Technology).

As part of the Pharmaceutical Sciences operation, Pfizer’s unique pilot plant production and solid and liquid dose manufacturing are based at the site. Pfizer’s presence in Cambridge, UK (Neusentis Research Unit and Devices Centre of Emphasis) and Discovery Park offers opportunities to collaborate on industry projects and initiatives across the UK and Europe.


Medical product innovators, FutureNova, have recently launched their medical grade iPad case, the FlipPad™, to help protect medical practitioners and patients from the risk of healthcare associated infections (HCAI) such as Norovirus and C-Difficile.

This comes at a time when the NHS is looking to cut costs, improve patient care and embrace mobile technology. Approximately 300,000 patients are affected by HCAI every year with an estimated cost to the NHS of £1 billion. The government are requiring the NHS to find £22bn of efficiency savings over the next five years.
“As the NHS introduces new technology into clinical settings to improve care, there is a real risk for infections to be passed between patients, staff and visitors. With this in mind, we created the FlipPad™ where every aspect of the product has been chosen to ensure it can be easily and safely cleaned with standard infection control sprays to reach the highest hygiene standards. Our team is focused on innovating quality products to support the NHS with patient safety initiatives.”

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LAS VEGAS, US – (HealthTech Wire / News) – The Walton Centre in Liverpool, UK, took delivery of the FlipPad which is the first protective case for the iPad Air 2 that uses antimicrobial glass. The Walton Centre developed an E-Obs system from open source software and are well on their way to creating a “paper light” hospital. They chose the iPad Air 2 as their new method of viewing E-Obs. After following the early design work of the FlipPad at Great Ormond Street Hospital they selected the FlipPad based on the innovative use of a new antimicrobial glass screen and seamless touch sensitivity. On a practical level they wanted to hang the FlipPad on a hospital bed rail while working with a patient. They see the FlipPad as practical infection control solution to protect the iPad and expect to clean it with standard NHS infection control sprays.

North West Coast Academic Health Science Network Director of Innovation and Research Lisa Butland said: “We work closely with The Walton Centre and we are monitoring the use of the FlipPad; this is the kind of innovation that we are spreading through our region and beyond, through our partner AHSNs around the country.”

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