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Manchester nurses help to pioneer infection control pulp washbowl

Vernacare : 03 March, 2008  (New Product)
Nurses at Tameside General Hospital, in Manchester, UK, have helped to pioneer a new infection control washbowl that is now being used in hospitals throughout the world to promote infection control.
Tameside General Hospital was one of the Infection control teams that identified the potential risk of cross infection from plastic washbowls and passed their concerns onto medical pulp manufacturer Vernacare.

The new product development team at Vernacare embarked on the challenge of using recycled newspaper to create the world’s first leak-proof washbowl capable of holding both warm water and detergent.

Greater Manchester-based Vernacare succeeded in formulating the pulp washbowl, which was launched into the healthcare market this spring and is winning plaudits from Infection control practitioners across the globe.

Infection control nurse Josie Dickinson from Tameside General Hospital, explained: “We have used Vernacare’s pulp bed pans and urine bottles at the hospital for a number of years and it seemed logical to extend the hygienic product range into washing.”

“Every hospital faces the challenge of effectively cleaning and storing plastic wash bowls, which are passed from patient to patient and become damaged by over zealous scrubbing leaving ridges where organisms from other people’s skin can gather and then be passed on to susceptible patients.”

“We are very proud to have helped develop this important new product, which we are now using on our medical and orthopaedic wards. It is also helping the hospital in its drive to be more environmentally friendly because as well as being made of recycled paper, the washbowls are biodegradable disintegrating with cold water maceration to wash down the drain with the waste water.”

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