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Managing asset tracking in busy hospitals

Multitone says its workflow mobile tasking ‘app’ can ‘minimise the risks to patient care caused by difficulties in locating beds, mattresses, and other vital healthcare equipment. The company said: “When a specific item is required, it can take hours, or even days, to locate. Consider how many thousands of pieces of equipment there are in a typical hospital, and the size of the problem becomes clear. This can include missing beds, mattresses, drip stands, and even syringe drivers, to name but a few commonly misplaced items.”

Providing privacy and segregation ‘in minutes’

Specialist in folding partitions and acoustic moveable walls, Building Additions, says that with continuing pressures on bed space, it has enabled many UK hospitals to make their wards more flexible in the past year, and enhance infection control via segregation, through the provision of its folding fabric partitions. Healthcare facilities it has supplied partitions to include St Peter’s Hospital in Chertsey, Victoria Hospital, Wallasey, Russell’s Hall Hospital, Dudley, Airedale General, Keighley, and the Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham.

‘Second surge of interest’ reported

Installing miniature thermocouple connection ports as a Legionella control solution for hard-to-reach water assets could soon become a regular feature of hospital new-build specifications, claims UK thermometer manufacturer, TM Electronics UK.

‘Everything Healthcare’ brochure

Geberit and Twyford have launched a new brochure – ‘Everything Healthcare’ – revealing the Geberit Group’s ‘unique understanding’ of the healthcare industry, and its ability ‘to provide the perfect all-round piping and sanitaryware solution to the sector’.

Augmenting independence

Horne says its enhanced inclusive design grab and riser rail are designed to augment independence for less able shower users.

Integration and control for tomorrow’s theatres– ‘4K integrated OR’

According to Brandon Medical, ‘the operating theatre has been dramatically changed’ – minimally invasive surgery means more equipment has to be integrated and controlled, with a need for complex audio-video solutions required, and, of course, the associated medical IT, UPS systems, gases, and specialised carts.

Online tool to simplify brick selection

Manufacturer of clay bricks, Ibstock, has launched a new ‘flagship’ range of bricks, the I-Range, aimed at architects and specifiers ‘looking for a unique product with unparalleled expert support’ – in the shape of its Design Advisors.

Innovation brought to the table

Merivaara has launched two new operating tables – the Smarter Practico and Grand Promerix – exclusively distributed by Bender UK in the UK and Ireland.

New Fire Door Maintenance Guide

With fire doors critical to the safety of healthcare buildings – as they help prevent or delay the spread of fire and smoke, and provide staff and patients with time to evacuate to a safe area – the latest guide from Construction Specialties explains how to maintain fire doors to ensure their continuous, reliable performance.

Italian-made grab rails with antimicrobial protection now available in UK

Intastop can now offer UK healthcare customers an Italian-made range of grab rails with antimicrobial protection and ‘anti-slip credentials’. The Tubocolor grab rails from Ponte Giulio are ‘warm-to-the-touch’, and have ‘a non-slip, yet smooth’ finish. Intastop says they ‘bring a new dimension of safety and infection control to more elements of building interior specification, in both new build projects and refurbishments’.

A ‘system thinking’ approach to wastewater treatment

Veolia Water Technologies UK (VWT UK) describes its new Aquavista Plant system as ‘the future of real-time monitoring’. The ‘suite of digital solutions to help water treatment and water management professionals respond to environmental, compliance, and market challenges’ has already been successfully implemented on a number of projects across Europe.

LST radiators for refurbished cancer ward

Seventy-five Zehnder low surface temperature (LST) radiators in various sizes have been fitted as part of a scheduled refurbishment of an existing cancer ward at Withybush Hospital in Havefordwest into a modern, 18-bed haematology, oncology, and complex palliative care unit. Once £3.15 m in funding was received by the Hywel Dda University Health Board from the Welsh Government, and plans for the project had been approved by the Board in September 2017, work on the refurbishment began in 2018. The ward is expected to be completed early this year. The Health Board says the refurbished Ward 10 will offer ‘a calm, welcoming and safe environment’ for cancer patients with complex palliative needs, those suffering from sepsis, and those requiring isolation.

Effective disinfection of sensitive areas

MAT FM can now offer hydrogen peroxide decontamination of operating theatres, recovery areas, critical care, sterile services, aseptic suites, cleanrooms, and containment laboratories. The process can be undertaken by MAT’s trained service engineers prior to handover of a completed new-build or refurbishment project, as part of a regular periodic maintenance proposition, or as an emergency call-out. The system reportedly kills ‘at least 99.99% of harmful bacteria, viruses, fungi, and mould, and offers outstanding support to any infection prevention and hygiene regime’.

Stainless steel WC now in a white finish

British manufacturer, Pland Stainless, has introduced a new white powder coated version of its ‘popular’ Atlanta 2 back-to-wall WC pan.

Portable Appliance Testing simplified

Martindale Electric’s new HPAT Series of portable appliance testers now includes the HPAT400 and updates to the company’s existing range, to enable both contractors and competent inhouse personnel to quickly and safely verify the electrical safety of all types of appliances.

Floorcare expert’s new colour-coded brushes

Global floorcare manufacturer and supplier, Truvox International, has extended its ‘popular and versatile’ Multiwash scrubber-dryer range with the launch of new coloured brushes

Upgrade on ‘live’ nurse call system finished ahead of schedule

Static Systems Group has completed a ‘live’ site-wide upgrade to the nurse call system at Queen’s Hospital in Burton for the University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust in just over three years, rather than the anticipated 4-5 years. Queen’s Hospital, an acute 450-bedded hospital serving around 360,000 residents of Burton upon Trent and the surrounding areas, had over 40 existing nurse call systems, including conventionally wired Static Systems equipment in place for some 25 years. With much of the equipment becoming obsolete, maintenance costs rising, and equipment failure increasing, the Trust recognised the need for a complete system upgrade.

Clearwater claims to have ‘world’s quickest’ on-site Legionella test

Clearwater Technology has launched HC Rapid25, an on-site Legionella testing device that it says will detect Legionella ‘in just 25 minutes’, instead of the current ‘typical’ 10-12 days. The nationwide provider of water, air, and hygiene management confirms that the new technology will be used in all the regular water tank inspections and Legionella risk assessments it undertakes that include a water tank as part of the assessment.

Children supported by beach-themed inclusive washroom

Armitage Shanks has worked with Royal Preston Hospital to create an inclusive new children’s washroom for the hospital’s paediatrics ward featuring a sunny beach theme, to put the children being cared for, and those around them, at ease.

NHS Trusts ‘owed thousands’ in energy bill refunds

Inenco is urging organisations across the NHS to check whether they are being overcharged or paying ‘erroneous charges’ on their utility bills.

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