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Cumberland Infirmary installs macerator waste disposal to prevent infections

Vernacare : 17 March, 2008  (Application Story)
The Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle is boosting its infection prevention procedures by replacing traditional bed pan washers with a macerator waste disposal system on some of its acute wards.
The first Vernacare V2020 macerator has been installed on a medical ward for elderly people meaning that patients benefit from clean, single-use pulp bed pans and urine bottles, which disintegrate and wash down the drain with cold water after maceration.

“As some of our thermal disinfection washers approach the end of their life and require increasing maintenance, we took the decision to replace them with macerators mainly for hygiene reasons,” explained Sarah Nugent, senior Infection control nurse. “Our patients find the pulp products more socially acceptable than plastic and the new system is also much easier to use. We hope that there will be a big time saving, giving our nurses more hours to spend caring for patients.”

Another key consideration in moving to maceration was the environmental and cost benefits. Traditional washers require a lot of energy for heating, whereas the macerator runs on a cold water cycle, making it both cheaper to run and more environmentally friendly. The Vernacare medical pulp products used with the macerator are also made using 100 percent recycled paper.
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