Following the successful trial that took place in the geriatric ward, the first 30 pulp disposal units were installed with a further 40 machines in 2007 when the hospital underwent a large expansion.
"“Nurses prefer using the single-use system because it is easier and faster to manage the disposal of human waste"
Solution: Vernacare System
Key Issue(s): Infection Prevention,Nurse Productivity
St. Olavs University Hospital is located in Trondheim, Norway. The facility, which has more than 1,300 beds is considered as a reference site nationwide in terms of patient treatment as well as collaborating closely with the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in
research and in education of healthcare professionals.
In early 2000, an old part of the hospital was being refurbished and the management team along with the head of nurses, infection control and technical engineers were looking at ways to further improve their infection prevention standards, as well as to improve efficiency and working conditions for the staff. As a result, they decided to look into replacing the bedpan washers which had been the standard method throughout the site for handling human waste and replacing them with Vernacare’s single-use system.
Following the successful trial that took place in the geriatric ward, the first 30 pulp disposal units were installed with a further 40 machines in 2007 when the hospital underwent a large expansion. To date, Vernacare’s distributor in Norway, Maske Gruppen has supported St. Olavs University hospital in converting it from a bedpan washer site to a fully converted single-use system facility across 8 different hospital buildings with currently 96 pulp disposal units in operation, all using an extensive range of Vernacare single-use containers such as bedpans, urinals, bowls, jugs and so on.
Since the Vernacare single-use system has been adopted, hygiene nurse Grete Flock Holme comments, “Nurses prefer using the single-use system because it is easier and faster to manage the disposal of human waste. It is more convenient to use a single-use bedpan or urinal and dispose in the macerator than if the nurses “With the Vernacare singleuse system, nurses are spending less time in the dirty utility rooms and more time with the patients providing better care” Grete Flock Holme, Hygiene Nurse ST. OLAVS UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL had to clean the containers manually or use a bedpan washer which they need to unload after each cycle, before they can use again” Arne Wernes from St. Olavs technical department adds, “We currently look after over 90 Vernacare pulp disposal units throughout the hospital. The system is easy to maintain and service. We carry out most of the technical work ourselves and, when we need additional advice or replacement parts, we receive full support from Maske.”