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Medical Pulp Macerators: The Efficient Waste Disposal Solution

Why a pulp macerator?

Macerators are the fast, efficient and hygienic way to dispose of single-use pulp bedpans. They shred them into tiny particles then flush them away.

This ‘shred and forget’ method is one of the various reasons that hospitals usually prefer macerators to bedpan washer disinfectors. You never have to unload the machine – once the lid is closed, you’ll never see those bedpans ever again.

The cycle can be programmed to start automatically when the lid is shut – and end in as little as 65 seconds. This reduces the amount of time clinicians spend in the sluice room, enabling them to dedicate more time to delivering hands-on care to patients. 


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What makes a good medical pulp macerator?

When purchasing macerators, these are the key factors you should consider to make sure they meet your facility’s requirements for safety, efficiency and reliability…

Performance and throughput

Assess a macerator’s capacity to handle the expected volumes of medical waste in your sluice rooms. Consider factors such as the number of beds, patient turnover and peak usage times.

Evaluate the macerator’s processing speed to ensure it can cope with the workload without causing delays. Read how Japan’s Juntendo University Nerima Hospital installed 12 Pulpmatic macerators to beat sluice room backlogs.

Ease of use, safety features

Advanced medical pulp macerators are quick, easy and intuitive to operate. Hands-free controls and antimicrobial surfaces reduce the risk of cross-infection – protecting clinicians, patients and hospital visitors.

Ensure that the macerator has controls with clear visual indicators and audio annunciation (in any language). This will reduce the amount of staff training needed and minimise the risk of damage through inadvertent misuse.


Consider the ease of maintenance and servicing. A macerator with accessible components and straightforward maintenance procedures can reduce downtime and overall operational costs.

Look for an experienced manufacturer that offers excellent aftercare and support to ensure machine reliability and longevity. Ask about:

  • servicing packages that reduce the cost of planned preventative maintenance (PPM)
  • discounts to cut the cost of essential chemicals such as macerator disinfectant
  • finance deals that spread the cost of ownership.

Compatibility and integration

Ensure that the macerator is compatible with all the types of disposables used in your facility – such as bedpans, urine bottles and commode pots.

Evaluate how well the macerator will integrate into the existing workflow of the sluice room. Seamless integration can improve efficiency and reduce the likelihood of errors.

Reliability and durability

Assess the build quality and resilience of the macerator. It should be constructed from tough materials such as stainless steel so it can withstand the demands of continuous use in a healthcare setting.

Environmental considerations

Single-use bedpans are made from sustainably sourced pulp – and modern macerators use less energy and water. These factors help NHS trusts and other operators towards their net zero emissions targets.

Look for macerators that are designed to use energy and water more efficiently. Some models may incorporate eco-friendly features to minimise environmental impact.

Compliance and standards

Ensure that the macerator complies with relevant industry standards and regulations for healthcare equipment. This may include certifications for safety, quality and environmental performance.

Cost of ownership

Think about the total cost of ownership over the macerator’s lifespan – not just the initial purchase price but also maintenance costs, energy consumption and machine longevity.

A high-quality macerator that is more reliable, operates more efficiently and lasts a least a decade will always be a better buy than a supposedly cheap machine that breaks down regularly and lasts perhaps only seven years.

Macerator breakdowns can be very costly. They can soon eclipse any savings that you may have made on the initial purchase price. So invest wisely – always think of the long-term costs associated with owning and operating a sluice machine.

DDC Dolphin’s secure online portal enables you to view the condition, operational history and maintenance requirements of all your sluice machines at a glance. This portal can be accessed 24/7 from anywhere with broadband or a mobile phone signal – making facilities management quicker and easier.

Get expert advice on specifying medical pulp macerators

DDC Dolphin is a world leader in the design and manufacture of medical pulp macerators, incontinence product macerators and bedpan washer disinfectors.

We are an NHS preferred supplier with at least three decades of experience in sluice room technology innovation.

Contact us for expert advice on specifying the best medical pulp macerators for your sluice rooms. Ask about complete sluice room refurbishments – and how solutions can be tailored to your specific requirements.





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