Mercy Hospital Mount Lawley, Perth is utilising the latest innovation
in infection prevention to dramatically reduce the risk of cross
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.
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
" 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."
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
"Customers also consume less packaging and can fold the
cartons flat to educe the cost and environmental impact of waste
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.