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Hygienic door handles: the final frontier of bathroom automation?

Posted Apr 14 2009 11:12pm 1 Comment

Last year in Germs on the Brain I wrote about strategies patrons employ to avoid touching their clean hands to the bathroom door knob on the way out. Some use paper towels, some a “pinky pull,” and others wash up again once they leave. Then there are handles that can be operated with an elbow, automatic door openers, foot pedals, and sprayers that disinfect the handle on a regular basis (without dripping, of course.)

I got a note today from Purleve, which has developed a variety of automated bathroom devices including autoflush, autofaucet, autosoap, and autoclean. They’ve just introduced the Purleve Hygienic Door Handle, a line of push/pull and lock/latch door handles that provide “clean and germ free” exit and entry. According to their website:

The Pūrleve™ hygienic door handle was born out of public demand, pure and simple. In a world where an estimated 30% of bathroom users don’t wash their hands after using public restrooms, who wants to touch the shared handle that offers the only form of escape from the facility? And the fear is justified, since a typical restroom door handle is home to a multitude of bacteria —many of which carry disease-causing germs that continually multiply if not treated.

Employing a proprietary Automatic Sleeve Dispenser (ASD) technology, we created a replacement door handle that automatically advances antimicrobial * material to cover the handle, providing a refreshed, sanitary touch after each and every use. So visitors to restrooms and other public areas are no longer affected by the questionable hygiene habits of all the persons who have gone before them.

I’m looking forward to seeing one of these little items in action!

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Bathroom automation is criminally stupid!

 I will decide when to flush the toilet and when I want the water to stop in my sink thank you very much! The automatic dispensing of yet another expendable "clean" sleave onto a door pull is nothing good. The correct design is far superior to this after the fact waste of cleaning materials. It is a simple matter of placing the door pull on the entry side allowing the user to push the door open when exiting the facility. What a waste of water those multi-flushing automatic flush valves are sometimes flushing five or more times while the user is attempting to get in and out of the facility. No mater how "efficient" the water valve may be five efficient flushes are far more wasteful than any single flush done at the correct time. Don't forget the evil of the automatically timed lighting system if you happen to be delayed in a stall (possibly due to waiting for the repeated flushing of the system to end so that you can make use of the facility). No, automation of the facility is poorly done at best in this day and could take many lessons from the easy access controls of yesterday. Simple brass floor flush controls, exits positioned to allow use without hand contact, soap dispensers and faucets that actually worked with a full stream of force capable of cleaning hands. Your future vision neglects the lessons of the past. What a waste.

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