Cardiff and Vale University Health Board (UHB) has installed Vernacare’s Vortex human waste disposal units across its University Hospital Wales site.
Vernacare said: “By using our singleuse urinals, bedpans, and other containers, and then immediately disposing of them in the hygienic Vortex machines, the hospital is reducing the cross-infection risk in patient toileting and washing. The system is also popular with nurses because, alongside minimising infection risk, it maximises the time that can be spent caring for patients, rather than washing and disinfecting reusable containers. Two Vortex units are located on most hospital wards, and are in operation ‘24/7’.”
A team leader for the estates department at Cardiff and Vale UHB said: “The Vortex machines are well engineered and durable. Our engineers find them straightforward to maintain. The diaphragm opens up, with space inside to deal with the electronics. For complex problems, we can call Vernacare’s very helpful and responsive engineers, and spare part availability is excellent too.”
The UK-engineered Vortex, designed to work with Vernacare’s singleuse products, will process four items in two minutes – using a twin-blade design and cold water cycle to disintegrate the waste products and wash the particles safely down the drain with the waste water
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