SMTL have recently updated two of our research papers.  Firstly the Safer Sharps - Scalpel and Suture needles paper has been updated with the latest information.  Sharps injuries are a common occupational hazard for health care workers in the NHS and this report summarises 'safety' scalpels and associated products.  Secondly the Infusion therapy - requirements for flow control paper has been updated.  This paper summarises guidance currently available in the area.

We also have a range of papers from our Safer Sharps series, which are available on

This is the final of the three posters which we presented at Wounds 2013.  It details the results for Log Reduction by Shaking against low adherent dressings.  These results are from the testing for dressings as part of the 2009/2010 All-Wales NHS Wound Management Contract.


If you need dressings tested, please contact us.

Leading on from our successful presentations at Wounds 2013, we are happy to publish the full posters on our site.  Firstly we've got a poster on Antimicrobial dressings testing.  This poster contains the results for the Alginate/Hydrofibre dressings.  From the poster introduction:

"SMTL tested wound dressings containing antimicrobial agents submitted for the 2009/10 All-Wales NHS Wound Management Contract.  A range of products were examined, including alginates, hydrofibres, foams, low adherent dressings and gauze products.  Three test methods were used. This poster shows the results for Direct Inoculation against Alginate/Hydrofibre dressings.  All silver-containing dressings were assayed for total silver content
using ICP-OES.  Algivon (a manuka honey dressing) was the only non-silver product tested."


SMTL provide a full range of medical device testing services.  If you wish to find out more about our Alginate dressings testing, please read the relevant part of our site.  If you want any extra information please contact us.


This is the second of three posters which we presented at Wounds 2013.  Similar to the first poster, which details the results from the testing against alginate dressings this poster shows the results for Direct Inoculation against Foam dressings. 


We have a wide range of dressings testing available.  But we have full details of our foam dressings testing on our website.  If you want any extra information please contact us.

The SMTL recently presented a series of posters at the 2013 Wounds UK Conference in Harrogate.

The posters contained results of anti-microbial wound dressing testing undertaken for 2009/10 All-Wales NHS Wound Management Contract. A variety of anti-microbial containing (honey, silver, PHMB, chlorhexidine) alginate/hydrofibre, foams and low adherent wound dressings were assessed for their bactericidal efficacy using against recently isolated clinical strains of MRSA and Pseudomonas aueriginosa.

The posters will be be published on this site in the near future, and we are planning to publish the full results in a woundcare journal in 2014.

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