Tuffie 5 at Mercy Hospital Mount Lawley

Tuffie 5 at Mercy Hospital Mount Lawley from EBOS Healthcare Medical Supplies

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

Mercy Hospital Mount Lawley, Perth is utilising the latest innovation in infection prevention to dramatically reduce the risk of cross infection.

The 244 bed hospital, a division of Mercy Care, has adopted the Vernacare Tuffie 5 cleaning and disinfecting wipes to control a recent outbreak of Norovirus on a rehabilitation ward.

Tuffie 5 is an all-in-one cleaning and disinfecting wet wipe that eradicates the five major groups of pathogens,including Clostridium Difficile, Norovirus and MRSA amongst many others. It is also certified to be efective against the H1N1 (swine flu) virus and the newly identified NDM-1 super bug.

In September 2010, prior to introducing Tuffie 5 at Mercy Hospital, an outbreak of Norovirus affected 19 of 24 patients (70%) and 30% of staff on the ward. When a second outbreak occurred during October the traditional chlorine solution based cleaning regime was replaced with Tuffie 5 wipes, which were used to clean all hard surfaces and equipment.

In comparison to the previous outbreak the impact on the spread of infection was dramatic, achieving a 65% reduction in transmission rates among patients and an 84% reduction in the spread of infection among staff.In addition, a subsequent single case of C. Diff was swiftly contained by adopting a Tuffie 5 cleaning protocol,and there was no transmission of infection beyond the rehabilitation ward." We were very impressed by the performance of the Tuffie 5 wipes in controlling and reducing the transmission of infection",said Lucille Ridley, Manager Infection Control for Mercy Hospital.

" This is helping us to achieve the best possible standards of hygiene to promote patient and staff safety. In addition, the wipes are proving popular as they save time spent by the cleaning staff in preparing chlorine disinfecting solutions."

Tuffie 5 begins to work instantly on contact, with industry tests showing that its disinfecting properties are long-lasting - continuing to work for 12 hours after the initial cleaning has taken place.

"Tuffie 5 has been heralded as a major step forward in infection control", said Steven Howell, Key Account Manager for EBOS Healthcare, Vernacare's sole supply partner in Australia and New Zealand.

"We are confident that this powerful cleaning and disinfecting wet wipe will be at the forefront of strategies to combat Norovirus, C. Diff, MRSA and other hospital acquired infections.

"Vernacare has recently reduced the cost of its Tuffie 5 wipes by introducing new 'greener' space-saving flexible canisters and refill packs for wall mount dispensers - reducing packaging waste by 70% versus traditional tubs." By using significantly less packaging we reduce both manufacturing and transport costs, meaning we can pass that financial saving on to customers" added Steven Howell.

"Customers also consume less packaging and can fold the cartons flat to educe the cost and environmental impact of waste management."

A unique single wipe dispensing mechanism and simple closing lid have been designed into both wall-mounted dispenser and flexible canister, helping to prevent both over usage and wipes drying out. With minimal hand contact, refill packs can be easily loaded into the dispenser, helping to avoid cross contamination.

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