How to use a sluice room?
A sluice room should be designed with infection prevention in mind, to eliminate the risk of transmitting infection to both healthcare professionals and patients. Usually a sluice room will be divided in to two areas, one for ‘dirty’ activities and one for ‘clean’ activities. New and cleaned products such as bedpans and wipes will be stored in a clean storage area, away from any ‘dirty’ activities, to ensure they do not become contaminated before use.
It is crucial that sluice rooms are used in the way they were designed, to reduce potential cross contamination of dangerous bacteria. This means that ‘dirty’ activities should only take place where they are designated. If, for example, a contaminated item is placed on a surface where it is not intended, the bacteria may begin to spore on that surface, putting others at risk of infection.
Healthcare professionals should therefore carefully follow all guidelines put in place by the healthcare facility. These guidelines might include, procedures for how waste should be disposed of, effective hand washing procedures and guidance on how a sluice room should be cleaned and disinfected.
All these procedures are crucial for ensuring a safe environment that is free from infection.
Vernacare can solve your sluice room needs!
The disposal of human waste is a very important consideration for hospitals, insufficient procedures could lead to wasted nurse time and a heightened risk of infection. In response to inadequate procedures, Vernacare pioneered the full system solution more than 50 years ago.
Hospital macerators are regarded as the safest and most hygienic method of waste disposal. At Vernacare we produce a full range of pulp toileting products that can be disposed of after use in a macerator, ensuring that every patient receives a clean container every time and eliminating the risk of cross infection.
Our hospital macerators are particularly effective thanks to our patented SmartFlowTM Technology. SmartFlowTM works by pumping water into a closed macerator drum to fully saturate the bedpan, breaking it down into a fine consistency, before it is flushed safely to drain.
We also produce a range of maceratable wipes for both patient cleansing and environmental cleaning. These can also be disposed of in a macerator after use to reduce the risk of infection further, whilst also preventing any macerator blockages.