Steri Spray becomes top choice for NHS special care baby units
The showers and taps that prevent legionnaires diseases from series 5 of Dragons’ Den are fast becoming ones of the show’s biggest success stories.
When Ian Helmore from Steri-Spray entered the Den back in series 5 he presented a prototype of a shower that could eliminate legionnella risk using patented ultraviolet technology. Ian received backing from Deborah and Theo but his appearance on the popular BBC2 programme was no publicity exercise. “Without Deborah and Theo’s investment I would not have been able to continue with the Steri-Spray project as the patent fees were financially crippling me and I simply didn’t have any more money to invest in getting the product to market”, he said.
In 2012, after years of development and testing followed by a rigorous eight month trial Steri-Spray, the innovative showers that prevent legionnaires disease, were endorsed by the UK’s largest NHS Trust in Belfast as "an effective legionella control measure."
Since then the popularity of the showers has continued to grow, with more and more being specified, particularly in hospital new builds and refurbishments, including a new 180 bed hospital for the Northumberland Tyne and Wear Trust. To read more about the project click here.
Following on from the shower and due to demand the company have also added other products to their range, most notably the Steri Tap. Steri Taps are fast becoming the tap of choice throughout Special care baby units, ICU's and high dependency units in the NHS largely due to their success in killing the bacteria Pseudomonas Aeroginosa, which was associated with the unfortunate death of 5 babies in neonatal units during 2012. Recent independent testing of the tap by the Health Protection Agency saw them pass with flying colours.
The company are also in final negotiations with regards to distribution in the United States and Canada and hope to be able to announce details of the deal soon.