Robert Koch-Institute
Hand hygiene dispenser with a pump

Creating the perfect dispenser for medical environments

Safety first! Hygiene solutions and dispenser systems from OPHARDT hygiene exceed the most stringent hygiene regulations

Recommendations published by Europe’s leading hygiene organization – the Commission for Hospital Hygiene and Infection Protection (KRINKO) at the Robert Koch Institute – create the framework for European hospitals to ensure a high standard of hygiene. In Germany, managers of medical institutions must adhere to § 23 of the Infection Prevention Law, which specifically requires them to implement the recommendations made by the Robert Koch Institute. What does this entail? We provide a brief summary of the “must haves” of a medical dispenser below.

An open dispenser and a recyclable hygiene pump

Benefits of open source systems

There are a wide variety of hand sanitizers and soaps on the market, making it difficult for hospitals to differentiate among products. Some suppliers offer discountedclosed-cartridge dispensers where only their formulation fits into thedispenser. The KRINKO encourages hospitals to purchase dispensers that allow them to choose between any soap or disinfectant manufacturer using standardized Euro bottles. Thisgives the hospital the freedom to run multiple hand-care products, ensures supply security, and can also result in significant savings.

KRINKO: It must be guaranteed […] that refill units can be selected from different manufacturers.

Should problems arise with one manufacturer, the hospital can easily switch to any product from another manufacturer. The KRINKO strongly advocates for open source dispenser systems. In 1973, OPHARDT hygiene introduced the standard Euro-bottle format, which has remained a core feature of the ingo-man® dispenser series, as well as the worldwide hygiene market.

A clear advantage for disposable systems

To minimize the risk of contaminated pumps, the KRINKO recommends the use of disposable pumps in combination with disposable bottles. For hospitals, switching to disposable pumps can save resources by eliminating the need for expensive cleaning and reprocessing of pumps. Wherever dispensers are in use, disposable pumps have a clear advantage.

KRINKO: It is preferable to use dispensers with soap bottles and pumps that are disposable and replaced after use.

OPHARDT hygiene provides an innovative solution that guarantees the implementation of the KRINKO recommendations: the DHP recyclable pump. The “wings“ located on the side of the pump´s stem guarantees that, when an empty bottle is removed from the dispenser, the pump stem is released from the pump engine, rendering it unusable. For hygienists, this allows for vastly simplified infection risk management and conformation to the latest hygiene regulations.


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