Why Choose Vernacare as Suppliers and Design Partners?
Vernacare is a leading infection prevention organisation. Vernacare’s innovative and award winning single-use system is now used in over 50 countries throughout the world and 94% of UK hospitals. The Vernacare system helps reduce the risk of cross-infection and saves nursing time, whilst minimising the environmental and cost impact of alternative re-usable systems.
Sluice rooms may be an overlooked element when designing hospitals. Incorporating sluice rooms into the architectural design of a new or refurbished hospital requires the consideration of many factors with which Vernacare have valuable knowledge. However, a well-designed, safe and efficient sluice room is central to ensuring good hygiene and infection control standards in hospitals and is an area where design can make a difference.
With over 60 years of experience, Vernacare is the global leaders in human waste management across the healthcare sector and with the EBOS Healthcare partnership, making them the ideal partner in helping you design the optimal sluice room that meets the needs of the hospital or facility. Always at the forefront of innovation and new technologies to improve practices and the patient experience. Your customers will benefit from having the most advanced technology, process and design in their hospital or refurbishment.
Sluice Room Design
Whilst sluice room design needs an approach that will be specific to the needs of an individual hospital and its associated regulations, there are some core elements that can help to ensure clean and effective disposal of human waste in order to reduce the risk of cross-contamination.
The ideal layout of a sluice room will take into account the following factors:
- The location of the sluice room should be close to patient areas to reduce the risk of spillages and aid optimal work efficiency whilst making the best use of unwanted space
- A safe, clean and efficient work flow. This ensures that anyone entering the sluice room should ultimately exit clean. Equipment should be grouped into dirty and then clean areas to deliver this optimal work flow
- A soiled area that can act as a temporary collection point for unclean items. This may include items such as a slop hopper for cleaning of mops and buckets if segregation is not possible
- Hand washing facilities that are located so that hands are easily washed before disinfected items are touched and also before exiting the sluice room. This should include sinks deep enough to avoid contamination risks due to splashing
- A temporary storage area for clean and disinfected items
- Fixtures – such as an extractor fan to eliminate odours, sealed floor covering, aseptic laminate walls, fire doors
- Fittings – these need to include the disinfection/ disposal technology that has been chose ie Washer disinfector and/or macerator. Also, a wall mounted rack, stainless steel handwash basin, paper towel dispenser, pedal bin, clinical waste bin, storage cupboards etc.
EBOS Healthcare can offer a comprehensive range of services to support a hospital/resthome over the longer term. These include:
Sluice room audits. where a ward is being replaced or refurbished System Installation. Our service team can carry out pre-installation checks, install the disposal unit, remove any old equipment, carry out remedial work and commission the disposal unit.
Provision of storage facilities for single use moulded fibre products. Optimisation of space in a busy sluice room area is crucial and a wide range of wall mounted racks tailored to the single use moulded fibre products are available. Advice and installation is part of the service.
Nurse and Engineer training. Tailored individual or group training sessions are available on request for both nursing and maintenance staff.
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