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BitePRO® Bite Resistant Arm Guards Can Help Protect You From Human Bites

Written by: Robert Kaiser

BitePRO Bite Resistant Arm Guards & Clothing effectively helps protect special educational needs teachers (SpecEd, SpEd or SPED) as well as mental health care professionals and specialists within high secure hospitals from human bites.

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“Human bites have been shown to transmit hepatitis Bhepatitis Cherpes simplex vrus (HSV), syphilistuberculosisactinomycosis, and tetanus.”

Mark Perry, appeared close to tears when attending the NASUWT (largest teachers union in the UK) conference in 2009 and telling fellow delegates of his experiences with disturbed ten-year-olds in Wrexham, North Wales. He described that on one occasion he was bitten so hard that blood was drawn. Human Bite Proof Clothing make real operational sense… they prevent injury… the potentially save lives.

Another delegate, Suzanne Nantcurvis, a geography teacher from Llangollen, North Wales, said she knew members who had been forced to pay for immunisations and protective equipment. ‘Biting is quite a big issue in special schools and when risk assessments are completed it is usual to put in the control measure of a protective arm guard,’ she said. (taken from UK newspaper ‘Daily Mail’, printed 16th April 2009)

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BitePRO Human Bite Proof Clothing can prevent human bite injuries, which can subsequently be contaminated with pathogens. Transmissions of potentially life threatening viruses, such as Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C or HIV

Debbie Townsend, Physical Intervention Training Manager of the Oxfordshire Learning Disability NHS Trust (UK) says:

“Human bites can cause both physical injury, risk of infection, soft tissue damage and psychological distress to staff. Whilst our staff teams are usually aware of the potential for bites from records of previous incidents and preventative steps are taken, additional measure such as human bite protective clothing, to protect staff from a bite may be beneficial.”

How can BitePRO Bite Resistant Clothing help?

BitePRO Bite Bite Proof Clothing and Sleeves
BitePRO Human Bite Protective Clothing, such as these Arm Guards (Version 3) are manufactured using Cut-Tex® PRO, our ground-breaking bite resistant material… significantly reducing the risk of human teeth penetrating the wearer’s skin.

We are all too aware that bite related injuries can become infected and mental health care professionals, special educational needs teachers and others could subsequently be contaminated with pathogens. Transmissions of potentially life threatening viruses, such as Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C or HIV are also a part of reality, hence clothing which can prevent human teeth from penetrating the skin of one of the above highlighted professionals must be worthwhile investigating further.

Looking at the potential and realistic consequences, especially following a human bite, we must look at all possible options in order to help protect mental health care professionals, teachers within special needs schools and others working within challenging sectors e.g. autism and severe learning disabilities, from such consequences. These consequences in the very worst case scenario can include death, in case a serious and incurable disease has been transmitted.

For these reasons, bite resistant arm guards as well as human bite protective clothing have lately been issued to a number of professionals in countries around the world, successfully reducing the risk of workplace violence related injuries, severe, infections and bruising.

Please also allow me to point out that it is a very normal, natural and instinctive response (when in this case faced by a violent or distressed person) to want to lift our arms and hands in order to defend ourselves and protect our head and facial area.  However, we must acknowledge that this subsequently exposes our forearm and hands to a higher risk of danger of arm injuries.

In fact the majority of injuries found on police or security guards can be found on their forearms or open hands.  These are classed as ‘defensive injuries’, indicating a person was defending him/herself rather than attacking the other person.

For me there is no question about it… human bite proof clothing will significantly decrease the risk of injuries and subsequently reduce the risk of infections and cross contamination.

PPSS Group have also made available an additional model of their ‘Version 1’ Arm Guards, now also offering (padded) protection from blunt force trauma, protecting the wearer from the risk of infection following a human bite as well as effectively reducing the severity of potentially extremely painful bruising.

BitePRO Bite Resistant Proof Clothing and Arm Guards
BitePRO Arm Guards ‘with added protection’ (#100503) provide additional protection to prevent severe bruising and blunt forced trauma – using specially engineered impact absorbing foam.

However, based on the many conversations I had over the past few years I can certainly confirm the main worry within most sectors seems to be the risk of infection.

Please take a moment and view our specialised online-shop, dedicated to BitePRO Human Bite Protective Clothing:

If you want to discuss the potential use of human bite proof clothing within  your organisation, then please email our BitePRO Expert Eve Ichim:

Eve has developed into a globally recognised and respected expert on bite resistant clothing for mental health care, special educational needs schools and secure/psychiatric hospitals and she would be delighted to hear from you.

Our clients around the world have learned to understand the immense benefits BitePRO Human Bite Protective Clothing is bringing to the safety of their frontline staff:

“In my field of helping people with disabilities, we often face daily challenges but with the peace of mind that our staff are well protected, we are able to attend to the needs of the clients without having to worry about becoming injured. So far through daily use of BitePRO Arm Guards, my staff have not been injured on their arms while wearing the sleeve guards and are completely satisfied with the high quality products.” – Sterling Barbosa – Valley Achievement Center, California, USA

Many of our international customers seem to love our ‘grab bag’ concept.

The ‘BitePRO Grab Bag’ contains a range of Arm Guards and Turtleneck Jackets. Staff can choose from these bite resistant garments based on their requirements at the time. Purchasing the Grab Bag will save 20% on the cost of buying the contents individually (click here).

Take good care of yourself.

Robert Kaiser, CEO

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