We all want to do our best for our patients, even in the most challenging circumstances.
With the ongoing effect of a pandemic alongside the ever-present threat of HCAIs, the pressure on hospitals to keep patients safe from infection continues to rise.
Although tucked away from patient view, the sluice room is a hidden asset with an important part to play in protecting health.
By ensuring that human waste is hygienically disposed of, sluice room machinery provides a pivotal role in stopping the spread of dangerous infections. Even respiratory illnesses such as COVID-19 are known to be transmitted through waste, as well as gastrointestinal infections like e-coli.
Out of sight shouldn’t mean out of mind, however. Your sluice room may not be exposed to many visitors, but it should still be put under the microscope by all infection control teams at your hospital. Every element of your infection prevention procedure should be heightened in this environment, from carefully transporting soiled items to your sluice machines, to ensuring those machines are well-maintained.
You may think that you’re already ticking all the right boxes but, with budgets remaining tight, the importance of sluice room consumables is often overlooked.
It’s important to realise that not all chemicals for pulp macerators and bedpan washers are of equal quality. This disparity in quality can lead to patients being inadvertently put at risk.
Could your choice of sluice room consumables be increasing outbreaks of infection? Let’s discuss the biggest culprits and find out.
Off-Brand Macerator Disinfectant and Bedpan Washer Detergent
Sluice machine manufacturers like DDC Dolphin are experts in infection control. When a machine is made, the entire infection control process is considered. This includes the maintenance and lifetime performance of those machines.
When you use a consumable product that’s formulated specifically for that machine, you’ll help to avoid preventable maintenance issues that cause unexpected downtime. This downtime is devastating to your infection control procedures, forcing you to lean on less efficient methods of waste disposal and ultimately creating an environment where infection can easily spread.
We all know that budgets need to stretch as far as they can. As sluice room consumables aren’t in plain sight, this could be perceived as an easy place to save money; but what’s the real cost?
Economy products are cheaper than trusted brands for a reason. They are often weak and poor quality.
As these chemicals lack the strength of a premium product, you will often require far larger volumes to achieve the desired result. This negates any benefit in regard to the cost, creating poor economy long-term and contributing to less efficient sanitisation of sluice machines.
Inconvenient and Wasteful Supply Processes
Off-brand chemicals often require you to manually monitor stock levels and estimate your need. This time and effort is yet another cost associated with budget solutions, before you even consider the potential for under- or over-ordering.
By using the consumables recommended by your sluice machine manufacturer, you’ll tap into their expansive knowledge of your account, as well as their maintenance expertise. They’ll know the volume of chemicals required for your machines to perform at their best, as well as how frequently you will need deliveries based on your individual usage.
By looping your chemical needs into your sluice machine manufacturer, you’ll get precisely what you need, when you need it – as well as the assurance of quality consumables at a good price.
360° Chemical by DDC Dolphin Will Protect Your Patients from Hidden Consumable Threats
Our 360° Chemical offering has been designed to make sure you have sufficient chemicals for your facility’s requirements, delivered at a frequency to suit you.
We can accurately forecast the quantity of bedpan washer scale inhibitor or macerator disinfectant that you will need based on your facility type, the number of beds, and the type of care you provide. If you already order your consumables from DDC Dolphin, we can use your historical order data to arrange your regular deliveries.
Depending on your storage capacity, we can arrange deliveries yearly, quarterly or monthly, and organise a standing order for payment accordingly.
If you take out a 360° Service contract, you can even get up to 15% off your chemical order, depending on which level of service you have: Ultimate, Essential or Lite.