Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust has introduced single-use pulp washbowls to improve infection prevention and environmental performance.
The trust has disposed of plastic washbowls across its two hospitals and introduced Vernacare’s biodegradable washbowl that is made from recycled paper and can be disposed of in an environmentally friendly way after use through cold water maceration.
Heather Dakin, Senior Nurse Infection Control, said: “We trialled the single-use washbowls on our stroke and isolation units, and in our emergency assessment unit and the feedback was excellent. Nursing staff found that they had more time for patient care and didn’t have to worry about decontaminating plastic bowls.
“We concluded that the new washbowls represented excellent value for money, especially when you factor in nurse time spent chemically disinfecting and drying plastic bowls, and the cost of detergents, hot water and clinical waste to dispose of used plastic, combined with the risk and cost of infection that plastic presents.”
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