UCLH reduces the spread of infection
"Vikan's trolley-based system and unique mop release eliminates
the manual handling of dirty mop heads, which minimizes the risk of
cross contamination. It also particularly appeals to our cleaning
personnel that the tool handle is adjustable, allowing for light
and easy movement across floors, which in turn reduces the
possibility of repetitive strain injuries to muscles and
David Sowoolu, Site Services Manager at The Heart Hospital.
University College London Hospitals (UCLH) NHS Foundation Trust operates six hospitals. Between them, UCLH's Heart Hospital and the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery (NHNN) have more than 1200 staff, and treat around 7500 inpatients and more than 125,000 outpatients each year.
Traditional disinfectants, such as quats, used to protect against HAIs and other pathogens are well known to be harmful to health, degrade the built environment and, in some cases, drive antimicrobial resistance. UCLH were looking for a replacement means for effective bacteria removal.
After evaluating a range of competitive cleaning products and equipment, UCHL selected the Vikan microfibre range for delivering the highest level of infection control and visible cleanliness, as well as offering the high quality, value-for-money solution they sought. Vikan also met UCLH's other key criteria in providing an ease of use, colour code options, and ongoing technical support.
Of particular appeal was the Vikan trolley workstation with its range of pre-prepared mops and cloths that are adaptable to any application. Not only does the Vikan system offer a reduction in cross contamination through the zoned use of mops and cloths, the ready-to-use tools and single work processes leave surfaces dry in one pass to reduce slips and save time, while effectively eliminating the damp environment bacteria require to breed. The Vikan range also offers a more ergonomic working method to safeguard operator health through tool design and by eliminating heavy water buckets; has lower levels of environmental impact due to reduced water demand and lower detergent use; and delivers a longer textile life.
UCLH swab analysis undertaken before and after the implementation of the new cleaning programme confirmed that the Vikan microfibre system has delivered a cleaner environment, improvement in the cleaning performance and enhanced levels of bacteria removal.