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Hospital ditches plastic bowls for pulp

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Bedford Hospital NHS Trust has become the first trust in England to introduce a single-use washbowl made of a new type of pulp product in place of plastic bowls.

The trust has successfully trialled the new bowls on a selection of wards at Bedford Hospital and has now decided to roll them out across the hospital.

Clinical products advisor Pauline Totten said: We use macerators at the hospital rather than washer disinfectors, so plastic washbowls had to be cleaned by hand which is not the “gold standard” for infection control which we have been working to.

‘The move to single-use washbowls that can hold soap and warm water is very popular with our nursing staff,’ she added. ‘The convenience of being able to dispose of the bowl after each use saves a lot of valuable nursing time on busy wards.’

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  • i have just read the article regarding the use of disposable wash bowls and would like to inform nursing times readers and editors that various wards in the hospital where i work have been using these single use bowls for many months, with great success regarding the risk of infection, time saving and ease of use.

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  • In response to the article regarding the use of pulp bowl in place of plastic, the trust I work for has also been using these for a while, to reduce the risk of cross infection between patients. This has been put into place as part of a wider review of infection control practice, and is well accepted by staff as a vital part of excellence in patient care.

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