Vernacare helps Southern Health and Social Care Trust achieve top performance for infection prevention.
“From a clinical point of view, the Vernacare single-use system is excellent. Patients get a clean container every time and then the waste is safely flushed away, therefore reducing infection risk.”
Country: UK, Northern Ireland
Solution: Vernacare System
Key Issue(s): Infection prevention, sustainability, staff productivity and cost savings
The Southern Health and Social Care Trust provides health and social care services across the five council areas of Armagh, Banbridge, Craigavon, Dungannon, and Newry and Mourne in Northern Ireland.The Trust employs approximately 13,000 staff and spends £532 million annually in the delivery of health and social care services.
Southern Health and Social Care Trust has been Northern Ireland’s top performing Trust for infection prevention since records were published in 2006.The Public Health Agency’s Summary tables for Clostridium difficile and MRSA (Meticillin Resistant Staphylococcus aureus) incidences’ show that for 2015/16 the Trust is, once again, on course to be the best performer. As part of the Trust’s programme to continue best standards of hospital hygiene and patient safety, they evaluated their methods for handling and disposing of human waste.
One of the rigorous infection prevention strategies used by the Trust is a single-use system of patient toileting and washing, supplied by Vernacare. The Vernacare single-use system is used on all wards across the Trust’s Daisy Hill Hospital at Newry. Disposable single-use bedpans, urinals, washbowls and other containers are provided to patients. After use they are immediately placed in Vortex disposal units, where they are broken down into a fine watery slurry that flows freely through the drains.
The Vernacare system has been proven to increase patient and healthcare worker safety by contributing to the reduction in Clostridium difficile infections by as muchas 56%, thus breaking the chain of infection. As part of a portfolio of infection control and waste management measures, it contributes to saving nurse time and improving working conditions, while helping to enhance the patient experience.
Margaret Markey, Senior Infection Prevention and Control Nurse said: “From a clinical point of view, the Vernacare single-use system is excellent. Patients get a clean container every time and then the waste is safely flushed away, therefore reducing infection risk.
“The disposal process is very fast and slick and so the sluice rooms are kept clean and orderly, with the products stored tidily on racking. The disposal process uses cold water and little energy, so it’s green as well as hygienic and helps save money on energy costs.”
She continued: “We’re extremely proud of our success in controlling and preventing infection across Southern Health and Social Care Trust. The single-use system of patient toileting and washing is just one of many effective methods we use to ensure the best standards of hospital hygiene and patient safety.”