Royal Award for Vernacare Washbowl

Royal Award for Vernacare Washbowl from EBOS Healthcare Medical Supplies

By: EBOS Healthcare Medical Supplies  12-Aug-2011
Keywords: Health Care, Medical Equipment

Vernacare Washbowl wins Queen's Award for Enterprise in the UK - May 2011
Infection prevention products business Vernacare has won the prestigious Queen's Award for Enterprise (Innovation Category) in the UK- for its unique detergent proof disposable wash bowl.

The washbowl was developed to offer an alternative to the common practice of re-using traditional plastic bowls there by reducing the risk of cross infections. This is the world's first single-use pulpwash bowl, capable of holding both warm water and detergent, and is used across hospitals globally. The four litre bowl is used for hand washing, general surface cleaning, wound care, shaving, continence and general patient care.

The Queen's Awards for Enterprise are made annually in the UK by Her Majesty the Queen on the advice of the Prime Minister, and are granted for five years.Dean Harding from EBOS Healthcare, Vernacare's distribution partner in Australia said: "This is a honour for Vernacare, and for the hospital clinicians who helped develop the product. The wash bowl is at the forefront of the global drive to reduce hospital acquired infections and improve environmental performance, and this achievement has been recognised by the Queen and the UK Prime Minister.The patented wash bowl was developed in response to demand from infection prevention nurses who identified that re-using plastic wash bowls without properly cleaning and drying them presented a significant infection risk.

The washbowl is part of a bundle of measures that hospitals take to reduce levels of hospital acquired infections, and detailed evaluation of the Vernacare wash bowl across four hospitals showed that 98.5% of nurses agreed that the bowl reduced the likelihood of infection.Vernacare's business was founded on innovation almost 50 years ago when the company pioneered the 'Vernacare System' which provides single use pulp products for patients who are not fully mobile and a macerator to dispose of the products in healthcare settings. This is a best practice method used in more than 40 countries, and by 90% of UK hospitals. The wash bowl is made from 100% over issued recycled newsprint (without using bleach or dye). It provides a time saving, hygienic and environmentally friendly alternative to the time consuming process of chemically disinfecting, washing and drying plastic washbowls at high temperatures, and resolves the problem of disposing of plastic which is almost impossible to biodegrade. It also provides hospitals with cost savings on energy consumption and clinical/landfill waste disposal.

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