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Nurses use indicator tape to seal clean commodes

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Staff at NHS Lanarkshire have introduced an indicator tape on clean commodes to provide evidence of decontamination.

The tape manufactured by Vernacare works in the same way as the tape wrapped around toilets at hotels and provides a visible sign that the equipment has been cleaned. The member of staff who cleaned the commode sign and record the date and time on the tape.

The tape was trialled in Monklands Hospital’s High Dependency Unit, and is being rolled out across NHS Lanarkshire. Infection control specialists at the trust are considering whether to use it on other key equipment, such as drip stands, pumps, lockers, walking aids and hoists.

For a free sample of the Vernaclean Indicator call 01204 555999, or email

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  • Russells Hall Hospital, Dudley Group of Hospitals have been using this method for a long time now

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