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Waste watchers give green boost to Westmorland General

Vernacare : 14 December, 2007  (New Product)
Westmorland General Hospital in Kendal has installed Vernacare 2020 macerators on five wards to help nursing staff to reduce waste.
Single-use medical pulp products made from 100 percent recycled newspaper - are used extensively throughout the hospital to ensure the highest standards of infection prevention. Previously these were disposed of with the clinical waste.

The Vernacare 2020 macerators disintegrate the pulp products and wash them away with the waste water.

The macerators have replaced traditional bedpan washers and because they run on a cold water cycle, they are cheaper and more environmentally friendly to run than the washers, which require a lot of energy for heating.

“This is a more efficient, hygienic and environmentally friendly way to dispose of items”, explained Sheila Pratt, Infection control nurse adviser. “We have now been able to replace plastic bed pans with single-use pulp products, alongside the other single use pulp items we were already using. These can quickly be washed away four-at-a-time in the macerator.

“The old washers were much slower and only took one bedpan at a time. The move to maceration has been very popular with nursing staff and we are hopeful that it will save a lot of staff time.”

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