The Department of Health has stated that the risk of Ebola to the general public in the UK remains very low . However, four major UK hospitals are on standby to deal with any outbreak with isolation units being put in place and more hospitals are expected to follow suit.
In support of infection control departments and facilities managers within the healthcare sector, a unique fast response service has launched. Handwash stations will now be available for immediate hire within 24 hours, perfect for small and secure isolation wards being set up away from main hospital wards.
The TEAL Task Force (TTF) has been created to help tackle medical emergencies immediately with a ‘next day’ delivery service of hired portable handwash units.
TTF personnel will deliver and install each hired unit ensuring it is fully operational and ready-to-use as well as providing the relevant staff – such as hospital estates departments -full training on how to use and maintain the hired unit.
The new service is the brainchild of TEAL Patents which has worked with the NHS for over 15 years and understands that there is a real ‘need for speed’ to mitigate the risk of the spread of infection in medical environments.
“The new service is ideal for when a unit is required at short notice because of an infection or viral outbreak,” says Manty Stanley, managing director at TEAL.
“It is important to remember Ebola can only be transmitted from one person to another by contact with blood or other body fluids. In the event of any new cases, isolation protocols can help stop the spread.
“Hand hygiene is considered one of the most important procedures in the prevention of cross-contamination and cross-infection. Washing hands with soap and running warm water is the gold standard in hand hygiene care,” says Manty.
The TEAL Stop n’Wash is available through TTF and does not require plumbing, access to mains water or drainage. It only requires a 13 amp plug so can be easily located to an area of need. It has been designed to educate and encourage the correct handwash procedure. With a synchronised display, the TEAL Stop n’Wash takes users through an automatic on-screen visual program incorporating the seven rubbing actions as laid down by NHS guidelines – this provides a 35-second, hot water handwash cycle which re-sets itself in 10 seconds.
Being touch-free and fully automatic, the device has no levers or taps to re-infect hands. Bio-film free and pathogen-safe, the TEAL Stop n’Wash has a simple disinfection routine using 500ppm chlorine solution every 24 hours.
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