Pillows: The Forgotten Fomite

The story of SleepAngel started when David Woolfson's daughter got an infection from an unclean pillow. Seeing her suffer motivated him to research cross-infection. He realised that pillows were the most critical part because they are just little mattresses for your head where you are most vulnerable. After all, that’s where you breathe, and it makes contact with eyes and ears, nose and mouth—all points of infection ingress.

David Woolfson and dr Duncan Bain's paper "Pillows: The Forgotten Fomite" focused on the important role of soft surfaces and saw, that the pillow is an oft-overlooked link in a chain of cross-infection between patients and soft surfaces overall pose a potential threat to patients and caregiver. 

They concluded, that the introduction of a CE marked, validated barrier pillow, alongside an audit protocol which considers pillows and their serviceable condition, is a simple, inexpensive, and prudent measure. 

Their invention - SleepAngel's filtered bedding innovation - has revolutionised soft surfaces, especially in healthcare setting, but also in hospitality and at homes. PneumaPure filtered bedding is a clinically proven barrier to pathogens*, allergens, microbes and mould. It is the world’s first barrier bedding range to combine absolute barrier protection with airflow, improving safety for patients and caregivers. Due to outstanding comfort features, it is also the choice for home and hospitality industries to improve sustainability and upgrade intimate bed environment hygiene.


 SleepAngel technology is a combination of innovations. PureShield fabric, SafeWeld seams and PneumaPure filter create barrier bedding that combines safety and comfort.

Read the full paper: Pillows: The Forgotten Fomite

* Tested pathogens include MRSA, C. Difficile, E. coli, Pseu-domonas aeruginosa, Candida albicans, Aspergillus niger, Norovi-rus, Influenza Type A, Adenovirus 5, Coronavirus 229E (HcoV 229E)