Burton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust - UK

Burton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has adopted best practice in infection prevention by installing Vernacare’s Vortex pulp disposal units.

“The convenience and efficiency of the Vernacare system means that nurses can concentrate on other more important duties like caring for the patient.”

 

Country: UK 

 

Solution: Vernacare System, Vortex macerators

 

Key Issue(s): Infection prevention, sustainability, staff productivity

 

Background

Burton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has adopted best practice in infection prevention by installing Vernacare’s Vortex pulp disposal units.


The Trust evaluated Vernacare’s Vortex machines in 2012 at its Queen’s Hospital site, having previously used an alternative macerator brand. The evaluation demonstrated an improvement in the flow to the drains, as the pulp breaks down into a fine watery slurry as it is discharged in the waste water.

 

 

Solution

 

Vernacare introduced a software upgrade to all its new and existing Vortex units. This provides the option to auto-start the system, without the need to press the start button. The auto-start feature helps keep drains clear by reducing the pulp-to-water ratio, and aid the flow through the drains by preventing multiple pulp items ‘stacking up’ in the machine. By removing repeated contact with the start button the risk of cross-contamination is minimised.

Feedback

 

Steven Harding, Lead Nurse Infection Prevention and Control, said: “When we introduced Vernacare’s pulp wash bowls to Queen’s Hospital, we evaluated the Vortex pulp disposal unit and noted there was a marked improvement in reliability – resulting in far fewer blockages. The machines ensure that waste is properly pulped and discharged, which means that they do the job properly and can dispose of human waste in a clean, safe and efficient manner. The ‘hands free’ functionality of the Vortex is also appealing from an infection prevention perspective.”