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Improving female dignity in trauma centre

Vernacare : 23 March, 2015  (Application Story)
A trauma care department in Leeds is using the VernaFem female disposable urinal to improve comfort and dignity for its patients
Improving female dignity in trauma centre


The Leeds Major Trauma Centre - part of the A&E department at Leeds General Infirmary - has partnered with Vernacare to improve patient comfort and dignity in continence care.



Immobile female patients, who may have fractured bones or suffered other traumatic injuries, are being offered an innovative new method of toileting with the introduction of the VernaFem female urinal.



This provides an easier, more comfortable and discrete alternative to using a bedpan. It also releases nursing time because patients can often use the device independently, or with help from  one member of staff - rather than two or more nurses required to position the patient onto a bedpan.



"For ladies who might have broken a hip or who are laid flat, using a bedpan can be painful and a major struggle," explained Robin Darby, Senior Charge Nurse, Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust. "Previously, the other option would be a catheter, but we seek to minimise the unnecessary use of catheterisation and only use where a bladder scan identifies that it is appropriate. The VernaFem provides a viable and agreeable alternative to both these traditional methods of toileting and can help prevent urine retention."



He added: "Where patients are laid flat on a board it previously took four people to safely roll the patient onto a bedpan and then roll them back again. Using the VernaFem requires little assistance - giving the patient more independence and privacy and freeing up valuable nurse time to focus on other aspects of patient care. In a time pressured environment such as A&E, being able to save nursing time is a huge benefit."



The trials for VernaFem proved so successful with both staff and patients that the product has now been adopted across the A&E department.



The VernaFem is part of Vernacare’s hygienic patient toileting and washing system. It works by replacing traditional re-usable waste management products, such as urinals, bedpans and wash bowls, with hygienic pulp containers - made from renewable natural fibre. These then disintegrate after use when placed in Vernacare's environmentally-friendly Vortex disposal machines, which release  the minute particles down the drain using a fast, cold water process.



The single-use Vernacare system is used across Leeds Infirmary, where it helps to reduce the risk of cross-infection, while saving money and time.



VernaFem is an award winning new product - designed and developed in partnership with NHS Trusts. Its  robust form includes a wide base to increase stability and capacity, combined with a wide opening to reduce spillage. VernaFem’s curved design moulds to the female body for ease and comfort in a range of positions - from lying down to sitting.


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