Sheffield Teaching Hospitals partners with Vernacare to manage human waste disposal.
“The move to the single-use system on acute wards at the Northern General is good practice from an infection prevention perspective and improves the patient experience"
Solution: Vernacare System
Key Issue(s): Infection prevention, sustainability, staff productivity
Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is one of the UK’s largest, busiest and most successful NHS Foundation Trusts, providing a full range of hospital and community services for people in Sheffield, as well as specialist care for patients from further afield. The Trust manages five of Yorkshire’s best known teaching hospitals. In the space of five years Sheffield has been awarded the title of ‘Hospital Trust of the Year’ in the Good Hospital Guide three times and is in the top 20% of NHS Trusts for patient satisfaction. Sheffield is home to one of three Major Trauma Centres for Yorkshire and Humber, and has a number of specialist medical and surgical services, many of which are internationally renowned, including cancer treatment, spinal injuries, neurology, cardiology and stereotactic radiosurgery.
Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust were using traditional bed pan washers to manage the handling and disposal of human waste. As part of their drive to continually improve standards of infection prevention and control, they worked with Vernacare to trial the single-use system across 5 wards.
Following the trial the Trust switched from using bed pan washers to Vernacare’s single-use disposal system (encompassing Vortex disposal units and single-use products) on 18 acute wards at its Northern General Hospital.
This will improve standards of infection control, while providing a more eco-friendly system of human waste management.
The wards are using a range of Vernacare urinals, bedpans, washbowls. As well as providing hygiene benefits, this single-use system also saves money on water, energy and clinical waste disposal
Patty Hempshall, Lead Infection Control Nurse for Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said: “The move to the single-use system on acute wards at the Northern General is good practice from an infection prevention perspective and improves the patient experience.
“Before making the change, we conducted trials on five wards. Nurses found that the single-use system saved them time and our estates team appreciated the fact that disposal units were easier to maintain and service than traditional bed pan washers, and that they improved sustainability.”