Hashimoto Hospital and Vernacare work together to enhance hygienic patient care.
"With the Vernacare System, time dedicated to patient care has increased by 25%"
Solution: Vernacare System
Key Issue(s): Infection Prevention, Environmental, Nurse Productivity
Hashimoto is a 300 bed hospital that covers the north-eastern area of Wakayama-ken in Japan, with a population of 90,000 people.
The facility is striving for the title of “Hospital of Choice” as the core medical facility for the area. Last year, they introduced four Vernacare Vortex disposal units and strengthened their sanitation management.
The Nursing teams were evaluating solutions for human waste management to improve efficiency and be able to dedicate more time to patient care. Another key issue was the lack of space in sluice rooms which made it difficult to wash and dry urine bottles adequately as well as the fact that their washer disinfectors had reached their replacement age.
At that time, part of the team flew to the UK where they encountered the Vernacare system in a hospital where they were conducting their research and training.
After seeing the Vernacare System in action, the team immediately requested a trial with the cooperation of the nursing department. The trial took place in June 2016 when
four Vernacare Vortex machines were installed in four different locations, ambulance outpatients, surgery, internal medicine and cardiovascular and general care wards.
The trial highlighted the nursing and staff benefits in terms of productivity, morale, environment and crucially allowing more time to care for patients.
Before the Vernacare System was introduced it took around ten minutes to process urine/waste. With the introduction of the Vernacare System the processing time was reduced to one tenth and the time dedicated to patient care increased by 25%.
There are on average, 40 trips per day to dispose of patient waste, meaning with the current re-usable system, 400 minutes per day are spent on disposal.
Introduction of the Vernacare System resulted in a time saving of 360 minutes per day, making it possible to improve the quality of nursing.
In addition, it was identified that staff comfort in relation to the working environment was improved, reducing the risk of contamination as well as eliminating unpleasant smells.
The sluice room appeared more spacious and the working environment became more relaxed creating a more comfortable atmosphere for patients.
Deputy Director and Head of Nursing, Toshiko Nishiyama commented: “By introducing the Vernacare System, the number of times that the nurses can visit the bedside has increased, and I believe they are now able to devote more time to care. I want patients to feel that there is a sense of availability of nursing staff on the ward. I am currently demonstrating the time-saving benefits of the Vernacare System to head nurses of the ward, as well as its cost-effectiveness in the workplace”.
Jinbo, an Infection Control Nurse, added that thanks to the cooperation of all people involved, in particular the CNIC nursing department, the introduction of the system progressed smoothly, and the flow of human waste disposal processing improved.