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Implementing ANTT, presented by Stephen Rowley at Rocialle

18th March 2014

Stephen Rowley, presenting at Rocialle

Infection control specialists from around the UK attended a presentation by Stephen Rowley, Clinical Director ASAP ANTT, at Rocialle’s manufacturing facility near Cardiff.

“The Association for Safe Aseptic Practice (ASAP) works to improve standards of aseptic technique in clinical practice. ANTT is a unique and contemporary practice framework for aseptic technique. By demand, it has become the de facto standard aseptic technique in the UK National Health Service and it is now used widely internationally.” 

The presentation by Stephen Rowley was the main feature of a day that also gave healthcare providers the chance to learn more about Rocialle and tour the company’s facilities that include one of Europe’s largest medical clean rooms and an e-beam sterilisation plant. 

Stephen spoke about how his observations, as a healthcare provider and from the patient's position, led to his realisation that actual practice is remarkably undefined and unstandardised and that as a consequence, the effectiveness of aseptic technique and practice has commonly been sub standard and is a significant cause of health care acquired infection. 

ASAP works with committed healthcare professionals internationally to help minimise the risk posed by healthcare workers themselves, who, due to the invasive nature of clinical procedures, are a significant vector of infection. 

ANTT was the first contemporary comprehensive practice framework for aseptic technique. It addresses the historical weaknesses that have inhibited practice. It provides health care workers with a logical practice framework which promotes safe and efficient aseptic technique. 

In summary, ANTT: 

§ Supports health care workers to practice safely and efficiently. 

§ Standardizes aseptic technique across organizations and reduces variability in practice. 

§ Supports health care organizations to manage the significant risks of aseptic technique. 

§ Helps make patients to feel safe. 

Stephen’s informative and entertaining presentation encouraged debate amongst the clinicians present and was well received. “A brilliant presentation from Stephen Rowley. I look forward to putting it into practice,” commented one delegate, an Infection Prevention and Control Practitioner. 

Stephen Rowley, delegates and Rocialle staff

 Stephen Rowley (second from the right), delegates and Rocialle staff


For over thirty years, Rocialle has supplied healthcare providers with consumable items, vital to patient care. With procedure packs and wide ranges of single-use surgical instruments and medical packs, Rocialle is helping to control infection and drive down the cost of high quality medical products. In Acute care, Rocialle serves almost every National Health Service Trust in the UK.

Rocialle is part of Berendsen Plc, a FTSE250 company and a European textile service business with leading positions in most of the countries in which it operates. Berendsen has 15,000 employees across 15 countries throughout Europe. 

For more information: Mark Birchmore, Marketing Manager mark.birchmore@rocialle.com Tel: +44 (0)7827 830384 Rocialle, Cwm Cynon Business Park, Mountain Ash, Rhondda Cynon Taff, South Wales CF45 4ER

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