Sluice Room Solutions

Your care home or hospital sluice room may not be the most exciting part of your facility’s operations, but it is absolutely vital for keeping your patients or residents and staff safe.

Disposing of potentially hazardous human waste in an efficient and hygienic manner is key to preventing the spread of harmful bacteria and Healthcare-Associated Infections (HCAIs) such as C. diff, norovirus and E. coli.

The Care Quality Commission’s (CQC) Health and Social Care Act 2008 (Regulated Activities) Regulations 2014 set out the standards which health and care services are expected to meet. The Regulations aim to ensure that human waste disposal facilities are well-maintained, clean and appropriately located; in addition, they must have suitable equipment for sanitising items such as bedpans and commodes.

The Department of Health’s Health Building Note 00-09: Infection Control In The Built Environment provides further guidance on the various stages of a sluice room build project and highlights the major infection prevention and control (IPC) issues and risks that need to be addressed at each particular stage to achieve built-in IPC.

In order to remain compliant with these regulations and – more importantly – provide the best care for your patients or care home residents, there are various pieces of equipment which you should install in your sluice room.

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Sluice Room Checklist Infographic-2022

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Washer disinfector

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Washer disinfector – to thoroughly disinfect reusable utensils such as bedpans, commode pots, urine bottles, etc.

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Pulp macerator

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Pulp macerator – to macerate and dispose of medical pulp containers and their contents.

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Foot-operated clinical waste bin

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Foot-operated clinical waste bin – to dispose of items such as gloves and aprons, without the need to touch a handle or the lid.

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Deep stainless steel sink

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Deep stainless steel sink – for general washing and rinsing purposes.

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Storage cupboards

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Storage cupboards – for storing items such as single use disposable bedpans and replacement chemical bottles.

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Work surface

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Work surface – temporary storage area for clean and disinfected items.

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Wall-mounted rack

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Wall-mounted rack – for temporary storage and drying of reusable utensils before returning them to rooms.

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Shelving

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Shelving – for general storage. i.e medical pulp utensils.

 

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Liquid soap dispenser

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Liquid soap dispenser – with antibacterial soap to reduce the spread of infection.

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Stainless steel handwash basin

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Stainless steel handwash basin – located near the door to ensure hands are readily washed before disinfected items are touched and before exiting the room, with lever or sensor operated taps to prevent spread of infection.

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Paper towel dispenser

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Paper towel dispenser – to dry hands after washing.

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Pedal bin

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Pedal bin – for disposal of paper towels.

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Fire door (depending on local regulations)

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Fire door (depending on local regulations) – with stainless steel coatings for ease of cleaning.

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Sealed floor covering (vinyl or similar)

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Sealed floor covering (vinyl or similar) – suitable for washing in the event of spillage from utensils.

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Tiled or aseptic laminate walls

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Tiled or aseptic laminate walls – to make the sluice room easier to clean.

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Extractor fan

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Extractor fan – to eliminate unpleasant odours and encourage laminar flow.

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Lighting

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Lighting – energy efficient, sensor operated lighting system to reduce the spread of infection.

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Make Sure You’re Fully Protected With A 360° Care Package.

For a low monthly payment, you’ll get:

  • A brand-new medical pulp macerator or bedpan washer disinfector
  • 5 years parts and labour warranty
  • Bi-annual service and maintenance visits over 5 years
  • Machine installation and commissioning
  • Machine chemical supplies

Plus much more, depending on which level of service you choose: Ultimate, Essential or Lite.

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