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Disposable urinals prevent infection for female patients

Vernacare : 02 September, 2013  (New Product)
UK NHS hospitals in North East England are using disposable urinals for their immobile female patients for improved infection prevention
Disposable urinals prevent infection for female patients


Doncaster and Bassetlaw Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is taking an innovative approach to infection prevention and patient care for immobile female patients.



The Trust has introduced new pulp, disposable female urinals from Vernacare.  For those female patients who are unable to access toilet facilities, the VernaFem urinal is providing improved choice, dignity and safety in continence care.



The new product has been trialled across three wards at Doncaster Royal Infirmary, achieving excellent feedback from healthcare staff. All said that it would reduce the risk of healthcare acquired infections and increase patient dignity, while providing a valuable alternative to current toileting methods.



Mark Binney, Ward Manager on an acute stroke and general ward, said: "We had been using plastic urinals before. The new single-use version is much better as it reduces the risk of cross contamination. It also promotes a degree of independence as patients can use it themselves, which can expediate discharge home and aid rehabilitation."



He continued: "It saves time compared to a bedpan, which requires two nurses. Using the female urinal  requires just one nurse and some patients can use it on their own. This is beneficial in freeing up nurses' time."



Katherine Wordsworth, Infection Prevention and Control Practitioner, said “The female urinal provides another alternative to catheterising patients, where a urine sample is required for testing. Since the urinal is disposed of straight away in the eco-friendly pulp disposal unit,  no cleaning is required and, therefore, infection risk is reduced."



The VernaFem has been developed in partnership with healthcare specialists and evaluated extensively by patients. The patented design makes use of a wider base and curved lip at the front, forming to the user's body for comfort and to minimise spillage during use and removal.



The new female urinal is helping the Trust increase environmental performance since it is disposed of using a pulp disposal unit, which uses a cold water process to break the pulp into minute fragments which wash down the drains.



VernaFem is the latest in a series of innovations from Verncare, which has a dedicated new product development team based at its UK production site and is a Queens' Award for Innovation winner.


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