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Vernacare introduces new antibacterial macerator deodoriser for sluice rooms

Vernacare : 03 October, 2008  (New Product)
A new antibacterial macerator deodoriser introduced by Vernacare combats bacteria while providing a fresh lemon fragrance to the sluice room environment.
The advanced infection prevention feature is integral to Vernacare’s innovative Vortex macerator, which takes hygienic single-use pulp disposal into a new era.

The Vortex has evolved from the effective maceration process used in the company’s industry leading V2020 machine. An added infection prevention feature of the new machine is a hands free opening mechanism.

At the end of every cycle the Vortex releases six millilitres of deodoriser - providing a fresh lemon fragrance when the lid opens. At the same time the deodoriser’s anti-bacterial properties work against any pathogens in the hopper.

The product is supplied in a five litre container - sufficient for more than 800 maceration cycles. An LCD display flashes when the reservoir is running low to allow time to re-order and ensure the macerator is continually deodorised.

Martyn Gibson, Vernacare product manager, said: “Nurses, patients and visitors will appreciate the fresher sluice room environment and added infection protection provided by the new deodoriser.”

The UK engineered Vortex, which is designed to work with Vernacare’s single-use pulp products, will process four items of pulp in just two minutes using a cold water cycle to disintegrate the used pulp and wash the tiny, biodegradable fragments down the drain with the wastewater.

Vortex has been trialled at seven hospitals in the UK, Europe and Australia over the past eight months where ward evaluation has been positive. 84 percent of ward staff reported that the new hands free opening device saved time, while 88 percent believed that the new macerator could reduce cross infection, and 90 percent of nurses found it easy to operate. 84 percent of staff at the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle found the deodoriser effective.

The company’s macerators are used by more than 85 percent of UK hospitals, and the new Vortex system builds on 40 years advance skill in macerator development.
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