Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Foundation Trust - UK

Vernacare were delighted to provide Great Ormond Street Hospital with a solution to help improve efficiency, reduce the risk of cross-infection, and, most importantly, allow nurses to spend more time with patients.

“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

 

Hospital Overview

 

Great Ormond Street Hospital in London is the world’s leading children’s hospital and holds patient safety in the highest regard. Its mission is to provide world-class clinical care and training, pioneering new research and treatments in partnership with others for the benefit of children in the UK and worldwide.

 

We were delighted to provide Great Ormond Street Hospital with a solution to help improve efficiency, reduce the risk of cross-infection, and, most importantly, allow nurses to spend more time with patients.

 

Background

 

The hospital recently overhauled patient toileting in order to advance standards of infection prevention, removing bedpan washers and older pulp disposal units and replacing them with the Vernacare Vortex.


A major factor behind the change of system was that the existing bedpan washers had to be checked weekly to comply with regulations and standards. This had a huge impact on the maintenance department in relation to time and resource.

 

Solution

 

The Vortex ensures that the soiled pulp bedpan is completely removed from the ward by means of breaking down the pulp in a closed, secure, safe process, with the remaining waste emptied out through the drainage system.

Feedback

 

Deirdre Malone, Lead Nurse Infection Control and Deputy Director of Infection Prevention and Control, Great Ormond Street Hospital, said, “Our focus is around patient safety. It is not always possible to guarantee that bedpan washers were reaching appropriate temperatures and therefore there was a risk that bacteria and spores were not destroyed. The hospital chose the Vernacare Vortex because it offers a full single use system in which pulp products are used.”