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Hygiene and Infection Control
ConvaTec introduces nurse-inspired fecal management system
Infection control : 14 June, 2012
ConvaTec is launching and enhanced Flexi-Seal SIGNAL Fecal Management System (FMS).
 
Eco-friendly dry cleansing wipe saves money and the environment
Cleaning and disinfecting equipment : 11 April, 2012
Synergy Health is launching the new economy and eco-friendly Synergy Health Essentials Washcloth which is a maceratable, single-use, dry cleansing wipe that is part of the company's new value range of patient hygiene products, aimed at saving both money and the environment.
 
South Devon Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust makes quality pay
Infection control : 22 February, 2012
South Devon Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust is partnering with Vernacare to ensure the highest standards of patient care and infection prevention, matched by value for money.
 
Disinfecting wipes offer environmentally friendly benefits
Cleaning and disinfecting equipment : 16 January, 2012
West Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust is becoming leaner and greener with the introduction of Vernacare's new environmentally friendly Tuffie 5 cleaning and disinfecting wipes.
 
West Herts NHS Trust creates Golden Commode Award
Infection control : 03 January, 2012
West Hertfordshire NHS Trust's Infection Prevention and Control Team develops the idea of the 'Golden Commode Award' being made part of the trust's Awards of Excellence ceremony which was attended by staff and board members and held at Watford Football Club.
 
New wet wipe dispensers boost hospital productivity
Infection control : 08 December, 2011
Vernacare is launching a new wall mounted dispenser for their Tuffie wipes range which is aimed at not only increasing productivity, but also helping the NHS make cost efficiencies by reducing waste.
 
Vernacare achieves cash release savings for the NHS
Infection control : 07 December, 2011
Medical pulp supplier, Vernacare is claiming to have introduced cash release savings to the NHS that total more than £1.5 million.
 
Thermo Fisher Scientific reveals 2011 Biomedical Science Award Winner
Microbiology test equipment : 16 November, 2011
The 2011 Oxoid Award for Excellence for the best performance on a BSc (Hons) Applied Biomedical Science degree course at the University of Portsmouth, UK, is awarded to Gailyn White.
 
New air disinfection unit actively neutralises airborne pathogen threat
Cleaning and disinfecting equipment : 15 November, 2011
Aerte, the air disinfection specialist, is launching a revolutionary air disinfection unit, the AD 2.0, specifically designed and proven to continuously eliminate airborne Healthcare Associated Infections (HCAI) from clinical settings - including MRSA, c-difficile and Norovirus.
 
Tameside partners Vernacare to reduce cost and infections
Infection control : 18 October, 2011
Tameside Hospital NHS Foundation Trust locks in to cost savings with medical pulp supplier Vernacare to save both money and its carbon footprint, while reducing infection risk.
 
Clinicians praised for the development of award winning wash bowl
Cleaning and disinfecting equipment : 17 October, 2011
Vernacare is dedicating thec company's Queen's Award for Enterprise to its staff, and clinicians who helped the UK infection prevention products manufacturer to develop and trial its award winning pulp wash bowl.
 
Research highlights corrosive impact of chlorine-based disinfectants
Cleaning and disinfecting equipment : 20 September, 2011
New research commissioned by Synergy Health is highlighting the potential corrosive damage to medical devices caused by ongoing exposure to chlorine-based disinfectants.
 
Quotient agrees bacterial infections treatment deal with Phico
Infection control : 14 September, 2011
Quotient Clinical, a business unit of Quotient Bioresearch, signs an agreement with UK-based biotech, Phico Therapeutics which will see Quotient undertake a RapidFACT programme to optimise nasal delivery of Phico's SASPject PT1.2, an antibiotic protein technology that offers a new approach for the treatment of serious life-threatening bacterial infections, including methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA).
 
Guys and St Thomas NHS Foundation Trust targets sustainable medical pulp savings
Cleaning and disinfecting equipment : 17 August, 2011
Guys' and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust is entering into a three-year purchasing commitment with market-leading medical pulp supplier Vernacare to help achieve guaranteed long term savings.
 
World's first detergent proof disposable wash bowl wins Queen's Award
Infection control : 12 August, 2011
Vernacare's achievement in developing the world's first detergent proof disposable wash bowl is recognised by Her Majesty the Queen during a visit to Buckingham Palace by directors of the infection prevention products manufacturing business.
 
Synergy Health prepares for body bathing wipes launch in the USA
Cleaning and disinfecting equipment : 05 August, 2011
Synergy Health plans to launch two innovative product ranges into the US healthcare market at the Florida International Medical Exposition (FIME) in Miami from August 10 to 12, 2011 on stand 1282.
 
Wound dressing with ionic silver kills several strains of highly-resistant bacteria
Infection control : 19 April, 2011
ConvaTec is reporting new in vitro study results showing that a wound dressing containing ionic silver is able to kill several strains of highly-resistant bacteria.
 
New deal sees NHS Scotland benefit from skin cleansing foam cost savings
Cleaning and disinfecting equipment : 18 April, 2011
NHS Scotland is granting Vernacare sole supplier status for its Senset Skin Cleansing Foam is now available at an additional saving of up to 8.3 percent from April 2011.
 
Multi-surface sporicidal wipe offers cost savings with lighter flexible packaging
Infection control : 07 April, 2011
Vernacare’s Tuffie 5 multi-surface sporicidal wipe, which is 100 percent alcohol and chlorine free, is now available in new lighter flexible packaging designed to reduce packaging waste by 70 percent, whilst providing further cost savings to customers of up to 30 percent versus traditional tubs.
 
Moses Cone Health System disinfects a patient room in less than eight minutes
Cleaning and disinfecting equipment : 24 March, 2011
Moses Cone Health System is the first in North Carolina, USA, to use the Xenex PX-UV disinfection system which uses ultraviolet light and disinfects a patient room in less than eight minutes.
 
Oxoid Culti-Loops supports all EUCAST-recommended strains for testing
Microbiology test equipment : 21 March, 2011
Thermo Fisher Scientific is reporting that all of the quality control strains recommended in the new EUCAST (European Committee on Antimicrobial Susceptibility Testing) harmonized disc diffusion method for antimicrobial susceptibility testing are available as Oxoid Culti-Loops.
 
Wi-Fi hand hygiene monitoring prevents spread of hospital acquired infections
Infection control : 21 February, 2011
Ekahau is introducing a Wi-Fi Hand Hygiene Monitoring solution that automatically monitors hand hygiene of employees in the healthcare facilities to prevent the spread of hospital acquired infections and other transmittable diseases.
 
Improved chromogenic medium speeds screening times for MRSA detection
Infection control : 14 February, 2011
Thermo Fisher Scientific is launching Brilliance MRSA 2 Agar which is an improved chromogenic medium that claims to save valuable time for infection control teams by allowing rapid and reliable screening for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA).
 
Disinfecting wipes help to counter out antibiotic-resistant bacteria
Cleaning and disinfecting equipment : 26 January, 2011
New research published in the Journal of Medical Microbiology identifies multiple antibiotic resistance in Pseudomonas aeruginosa and finds that built-up tolerance is not the only way bacteria are able to defend against antibiotics, but a further defence mechanism called 'persistence' could also facilitate the survival of these pathogens.
 
Bio-IS agrees five-year disinfection service deal with HSS
Cleaning and disinfecting equipment : 21 December, 2010
Bio-Intervention Specialists (Bio-IS) and HSS signs a five-year partnership to deliver the Bio-Intervention Disinfection Service to hospitals across the United States.
 
Free educational posters promote best practice in hygiene
Infection control : 15 December, 2010
Vernacare is encouraging hospitals to go back-to-basics by promoting best practice in hygiene with the company’s educational posters and support services, available free of charge to nursing and infection prevention teams who have adopted the Vernacare system.
 
Cleaning and disinfecting wipe eradicates antibiotic-resistant enzyme NDM-1
Cleaning and disinfecting equipment : 06 December, 2010
Vernacare’s all-in-one Tuffie 5 cleaning and disinfecting wipe proves to eradicate the new antibiotic-resistant enzyme NDM-1 (New Delhi metallo-lactamase-1).
 
Vernacare offers savings for skin cleansing foam
Cleaning and disinfecting equipment : 25 November, 2010
Vernacare’s Senset Skin Cleansing Foam is awarded sole supplier status by NHS Supply Chain for a third year running and will be making the foam available at an additional saving of up to six percent from 1st December 2011.
 
Flexible packaging solution reduces cost of cleaning and disinfecting wipes
Cleaning and disinfecting equipment : 18 November, 2010
Vernacare is reducing the cost of the company’s Tuffie range of cleaning and disinfecting wipes by up to 30 percent, through the introduction of new ′greener’ flexible packaging.
 
James Spencer clinches Infection Prevention and Control product award
Infection control : 18 November, 2010
West Yorkshire healthcare furniture and equipment manufacturer James Spencer and Co receives the top rated platinum medal in the Infection Prevention and Control category at the Nursing Times Product Awards.
 
Palomar Pomerado Health deploys Xenex PX-UV disinfection system
Cleaning and disinfecting equipment : 15 November, 2010
Palomar Pomerado Health (PPH) is the first health system in California to use the Xenex PX-UV disinfection system in its patient and operating rooms.
 
Vernacare offers discounts for trade ups to new generation macerators
Macerators : 02 November, 2010
Vernacare Technical Services is offering customers £200 discount when they ′trade in’ their vintage V750 macerators and ′trade up’ to a new generation Vortex macerator.
 
Vernacare's specialist macerator team achieves 97 percent first-time-fix rate
Macerators : 27 October, 2010
The Vernacare Technical Services specialist macerator team claims to be achieving a 97 percent first-time- fix on breakdown call-outs – ensuring that downtime on busy wards is minimised.
 
Floor coverings aim to control wheel-borne contamination
Infection control : 20 October, 2010
Specifically designed to control wheel-borne contamination, Dycem’s WorkZone removes contamination from areas subject to heavy wheeled traffic.
 
Vernacare supports Wirral in ACTION against C Diff campaign
Infection control : 14 July, 2010
Vernacare helps Wirral University Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust make a clean sweep on infection as part of its ACTION against C Diff Week at Arrowe Park Hospital.
 
Xenex Healthcare Services launches new pulsed xenon room disinfection system
Cleaning and disinfecting equipment : 10 June, 2010
Xenex Healthcare Services, which specializes in developing disinfection technology for healthcare facilities, is launching its pulsed xenon room disinfection system and has concluded the Xenex system's successful trial at a leading US cancer centre.
 
bioMerieux plans UK symposium for clinical microbiologists
Infection control : 27 May, 2010
bioMerieux is organising a clinical symposium to examine the current trends and issues in microbiology.
 
Vernacare offers professional health check for macerators
Macerators : 06 May, 2010
Vernacare Technical Services has launched two new expert care packages that offer a professional ′check up’ to ensure your organisation’s macerator has a long and healthy life.
 
Single-use pulp washbowls offer improve infection prevention
Infection control : 27 April, 2010
Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust is introducing single-use pulp washbowls as part of its continued commitment to improving infection prevention and environmental performance.
 
New website focuses on infection prevention products
Infection control : 22 April, 2010
Vernacare is launching a new website to publicise the company’s infection prevention products globally and provide product and ordering information to make life easier for busy healthcare staff.
 
Oxoid expands range of antimicrobial susceptibility tests
Microbiology test equipment : 14 April, 2010
The Oxoid range of MIC Evaluator (MICE) Strips, for the accurate determination of minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC) values, is being expanded to include teicoplanin, meropenem, ceftriaxone and clindamycin.
 
HyGreen Hand Hygiene System collects 2010 Medical Design Excellence Award
Infection control : 13 April, 2010
HyGreen Hand Hygiene System, developed by Xhale Innovations, receives one of the 2010 Medical Design Excellence Awards.
 
Demand for sustainability drives Vernacare’s sales growth
Infection control : 08 March, 2010
An annual sales growth of 54 percent on its biodegradable wash bowls is being witnessed by Vernacare.
 
Hands-free macerator allows nurses to dispose of human waste hygienically
Macerators : 16 February, 2010
Vernacare is to give busy nurses a helping hand to tackle the hygiene demands posed by managing human waste disposal.
 
Washable keyboard helps achieve infection control in dental clinics
Infection control : 03 February, 2010
Devlin Medical’s CleanKey washable keyboard and mouse are meeting the challenge of new infection control demands from dental clinics.
 
Welsh Health Board works with Vernacare to shape new porter’s chair
Infection control : 26 January, 2010
The Betsi Cadwalider University Health Board, Glan Clwyd site (formerly North Wales Central NHS Trust) is working towards designing out infection as part of its proactive approach to tackling clostridium difficile (C diff) and other pathogens across its acute and community hospitals.
 
Vernacare reinforces infection prevention in Scotland
Infection control : 21 January, 2010
Vernacare’s Tuffie cleaning and disinfecting wipes will continue to reinforce infection prevention in Scottish hospitals following a new framework agreement with NHS Scotland to supply the complete Tuffie range.
 
Pioneering hygienic porter’s chair design enters production phase
Infection control : 21 December, 2009
Vernacare appoints a UK manufacturing team to produce its pioneering new hygienic porter’s chair that was created as part of the Design Bugs Out Challenge.
 
Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust adopts biodegradable bedpans
Infection control : 17 December, 2009
The Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust is replacing plastic bedpans at its Wonford Hospital with a green and hygienic alternative that saves staff time.
 
Infection Prevention Conference attendees try out easy-clean porters chair
Infection control : 16 October, 2009
Vernacare included the new porter’s chair amongst other innovations at the recent conference of the Infection Prevention Society
 
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