World gets hold of innovative Irish device for better hand hygiene in hospitals

An Irish SME has taken the business of hygienic hands international, boosted by EU support, with a unique device that has been enthusiastically received by hospitals worldwide.

Dublin’s high-tech hub, Silicon Docks, is home to flourishing businesses. Mary Leane set up her own SME in 2011 to offer a unique product to the world - SureWash.

This mobile video system for better hand hygiene in hospitals is used to train staff, patients and visitors. ‘One in 20 people who go to a hospital will acquire an infection while they are in there because staff or visitors have not washed their hands using the correct technique’, she explains.

Her SME has expanded into global markets, including the US and Middle East, and seen staff numbers jump from 3 to 10, with many more jobs created in manufacturing. The Enterprise Europe Network (EEN) was pivotal in this international success, organising an event where Mary managed to forge key business partnerships.

The EEN has 600 support organisations across 50 countries. Its more than 4 000 advisors in Europe alone provide mostly free services.

Jan Gerritsen, EU Programme Manager of the EEN, believes that if companies want to expand and grow, they should profile their products in the EEN’s database, which contains some 10 000 business and technology opportunities along with information on events, trade missions, expertise and local market knowledge.

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