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Leading the UK for Equipment and Supplies Volume 18 Issue 2

Autumn 2010

IN THIS ISSUE

· AfPP Preview · Healthcare Estates Preview · Hygiene & Infection Control

AfPP Preview

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HEE Preview

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Hygiene & Infection Control

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Diagnosis Latest

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CONTENTS 18.2 2010

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NOW FOR HOSPITALS is circulated free to specifiers at all levels of the NHS or Private Hospitals in the UK. The Annual, postage paid subscription charge for other readers wishing to receive the magazine is £50.00. All views expressed in this magazine are those of the contributors and do not necessary reflect the opinions of the publishers. Similarly, items concerning commercial products and services are printed in good faith and do not imply endorsement or recommendation by the publishers. This journal includes some editorial photographs paid for by suppliers. NOW FOR HOSPITALS is published by Healthcare Publications(Europe) © 2010

AFPP PREVIEW

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Swann-Morton

New Launch by Swann-Morton Following years of development and recent formal trials at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals, SwannMorton will launch its Cygnetic blade and handle range at AfPP on stand 38, hall C.

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WHAT'S NEW

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Cistermiser

CISTERMISER LTD. will display their high quality range of products and solutions for the treatment and cost effective management of water on Stand C21.

HYGIENE AND INFECTION CONTROL

PATIENT ENVIRONMENT

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Kimberley-Clark

New Surgical Gown Fabric Kimberly-Clark Health Care has created a new, innovative fabric for its best-in-class MicroCool surgical gown that combines high performance with high level protection and superior comfort.

Tracey Armitage EDITOR A John Hughes PUBLISHING

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Joanne Dunderdale EDITORIAL ASSISTANTS Sue Hughes Dòmhnull MacLachlan THE IT

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Asteral

Upgrade Goes Live The digital transformation of the mammography services at University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust (UHL) has taken another leap forward as Asteral installed two key upgrades at Glenfield Hospital.

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Riester

Riester Improves Laryngoscope Range Riester now offers new products in its Laryngoscope range. ri-dispo disposable laryngoscope blades and new LED and plug-in handles make Riester Laryngoscopes much more efficient and user friendly.

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AFPP PREVIEW

AfPP's Congress and Exhibition

Harrogate Exhibition Centre, 14 & 15 October 2010

Delivering vital education for all those working in and around theatre, improving patient safety and efficiency coupled with an extensive medical device exhibition.

Each year AfPP welcome the largest group of perioperative medical device companies in the UK. Come along to the exhibition this year to see the latest products and innovations and network with 150 of Europe's best known companies.

3M Healthcare - M27 Ambu Limited - C33 Anaxsys - M28

AIR SAFETY LTD - C40

Eschmann Equipment - M18 Fannin - C30

ETHICON Products UK - C27 Flexicare - C48

Medacs Healthcare - C62

Medical Innovations - M58 MedicsPro Ltd - M9 Meditrax - M19

Phoenix Healthcare & Recruitment - C17 Populus Consultants - M39 Pulse - M47 PROACT Medical Ltd - C10 QED Scientific Limited RB Medical - M14 Sendal - C45

Medical Physics International - M7

Andersen Caledonia - M62 Anetic Aid Ltd - C15 AO UK - C50

Freelance Surgical Ltd - C2 Fukuda Denshi - M25 GE Healthcare - C28 G&N Medical - M57 Gratnells ltd - M51 GBUK Healthcare - M23 Global Medical Solutions - M41

Medline Europe Limited - M30 Mercy Ships - C59 Molnlycke Health Care Limited - C26 Neoligaments - C63

Arizant UK Ltd - M29 Atrium UK - M49 BES Decon - C43 Binleys - C16

Ramsay Health Care UK - M36

ArthroCare UK Ltd - M12

Murray Equipment Co Ltd - C41 Newco Surgical - M5

Starkstrom Ltd - M52 Stryker - C23

B&H Surgical Inst. Makers - C53 Biomet UK Healthcare Ltd - C32 BM Polyco Ltd - C36 Bristol Maid - M10 CareFusion - C35 Circle - M46

HCL Medical Technical - C1 HC Slingsby PLC - C37 Huntleigh UK - C54 IC Medical Inc - C18 Intersurgical - C8 JSP Ltd - C46 K-Med Lancer - M40

NHS Blood and Transplant - M22 NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement - C12 NHS Supply Chain - C29 Nuffield Health - C6 Nordic Surgical Ltd - C42 Ophardt Hygiene - M50 Ortho Solutions - M54 P3 Medical Limited - M20

Step Communications Ltd - C5 Sunlight Clinical Solutions - C51 Surgical Holdings - C4 TBS GB - M59 Swann Morton Limited - C38 Thermedx LLC - M8 Trisoft - M45

Inditherm Medical - C9

Central Medical Supplies Ltd - M24 Dantec Dynamics Ltd - C58 Delta Surgical Limited - C3 Dot Medical Ltd - C11

Timesco of London - C7 Uniplex (UK) Ltd - M15 Vernacare - M53 Zimmer Ltd - M11

Deltalyo & Valmy Ltd - M13 De Soutter Medical Ltd - M21

LaproSurge Ltd - M31 Lasermet - M55 MeCoBo - C56 Marshall Products Limited - C31

Paul Hartmann Limited - M26 Pentland Medical Ltd ­ C47

Peskett Solutions Ltd t/a Ruhof UK - M38

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AFPP PREVIEW

Faster Lab Results

Southmead Hospital is the second site in the world to go live with the cobas 8000 ROCHE is delighted to announce that Southmead Hospital, part of the North Bristol NHS Trust, is the first site in the UK, and only the second worldwide, to go live with Roche's brand new cobas 8000 series high throughput modular analyser. Located in the hospital's new

Give your macerator a long and healthy life with a professional `check up'. That's the message from VERNACARE Technical Services, which has launched two new expert care packages. The UK business has a national engineering team specialising in servicing and maintenance of all brands and models of macerator. They work in partnership with estates engineers to ensure that machines operate efficiently at all times. Customers can opt for a service package that includes either one, or two annual services, an annual diaphragm replacement on Vernacare's UK manufactured FUKUDA DENSHI is one of the world's leaders in cardiology instrumentation, patient monitoring and ultrasound technologies. One of its key products is the VaSeraTM VS-1500N vascular screening device, for which a new datasheet is now available. The VaSera VS-1500N has a colour LCD display, compact flash card slot, LAN connector and printer connector, while weighing

Health Check For Macerators

Vortex, V2020 and V2000 machines, and a 5 litre supply of deodoriser per Vortex service. These customers also benefit from a 20% discount on breakdown call outs and genuine Vernacare spare parts. A recent £300,000 investment in mobile communications system means that Vernacare's engineers are always in contact, providing rapid response and enhanced service. For further information, or to arrange a trial of the Vortex macerator contact the customer care team on 01204 555988, or email [email protected] www.vernacare.co.uk

New Datasheet On VaSera

automated laboratory, the system allows test results to be achieved more quickly and efficiently than ever before. The speed and broad assay menu of the cobas 8000 allows clinicians to obtain results for the majority of routine blood test requests more quickly, which means that patients are able to receive the most appropriate directed treatment at the earliest opportunity. The powerful cobas 8000 delivers this increased productivity for Southmead Hospital in a compact, modular system with a surprisingly small footprint. The cobas 8000 at the North Bristol NHS Trust will be supplied under one of the UK's largest ever managed laboratory service agreements, which covers multiple disciplines (biochemistry, haematology, microbiology, cellular pathology and immunology) across five hospital sites in four NHS trusts within the Avon Consortium (North Bristol, University Hospital Bristol, Royal United Hospital Bath and Weston Area Health). ENQUIRY NO.

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index (kCAVI) · The ankle brachial index (ABI) only 8kg for easy · The toe brachial index (TBI) portability. The new The VaSera VS-1500N has a datasheet provides full built in recorder and external specification and gives printer, together with a data filing details of the vascular facility and an option to extend indices it measures to help clinicians evaluate measurements from vascular to 12lead ECG. In this latter mode the the extent of a patient's VaSera VS-1500N can display and vascular disease. The indices measured by print 12 lead ECG reports with the latest interpretation, arrhythmia and the VaSera VS-1500N R-R interval measurements. are: For a copy of the new VaSera VS· The cardio 1500N datasheet, please telephone ankle vascular index Fukuda Denshi on 01438 728 065 or (CAVI), plus detailed visit www.fukuda.co.uk. ENQUIRY NO.

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Following years of development and recent formal trials at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals, SWANNMORTON will launch its Cygnetic blade and handle range at AfPP on stand 38, hall C. The unique design offers a major breakthrough for rigorous orthopaedic procedures and for general surgery, where excess lateral pressure can sometimes be placed on the blade. The Cygnetic handle's lever operated system allows for safe and easy blade attachment and removal. When the blade needs changing or

New Launch by Swann-Morton

the procedure is completed, the theatre nurse can simply drop the blade into a sharps container or counter box, with no handling of contaminated sharps. Once the procedure has ended the handle can be disassembled by the decontamination and reprocessing centre ready for cleaning. Cygnetic has been trialled at the Sheffield Teaching Hospitals. Following a demonstration to Gill Cryan, Assistant Manager, Sterile Services, 31 experienced decontamination

staff carried out a disassembly and reassembly routine on a Cygnetic handle on average 10 times each over a 24-hour period. Staff commented that the routine was relatively easy, taken within the context of the usual day-to-day tasks faced by the Decontamination Unit. Cygnetic provides the surgeon with additional strength and stability through a patented combination. The blade is manufactured from a thicker specification of stainless steel, which is gripped firmly on both sides once secured within the special handle. Initially the range will include four stainless steel blade shapes, available in boxes of 50. ENQUIRY NO.

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HEALTHCARE ESTATES EXHIBITION

Manchester Central, 5-6 October 2010

Healthcare Estates Conference & Exhibition

you're sure to find ideas, products, equipment, solutions, partners and expertise that will make your facility cleaner, leaner, safer and greener. opportunity to gain and develop the skills, knowledge and techniques we need to address issues that really matter to patients, the public and us as professionals. The quickest and easiest way to register for either the Healthcare Estates Conference or Exhibition is online where you'll get instant email confirmation of your booking. Visit www.healthcare-estates.com to find out more.

The theme of this year's exhibition and conference is CLEAN, LEAN, SAFE and GREEN

More content. More exhibitors. More features. And for 2010, a brand new venue. Healthcare Estates is changing to reflect the times we live in. But you can still count on it to be the biggest, most comprehensive and most influential event of its kind in the UK. So if you're looking for new ideas, approaches and products to help you make a real difference, whatever your budget, you know where to come. Moving to Britain's third city gives Healthcare Estates a truly

national perspective, and cements its position as the premier event for UK healthcare and facilities management professionals. Manchester Central (formerly known as G-MEX) is in the heart of the city, close to major road, rail and air links, making it easily accessible for visitors from all over the UK. You may come to the Exhibition looking for something specific; or you might see something you didn't know existed that answers a longstanding question. Either way,

IHEEM Annual Conference Things are very different now: our facilities, the economic situation and the UK's political landscape have all changed completely in the last 12 months. And because the challenges are bigger than ever before, the IHEEM Annual Conference programme is too - by 25%, in fact. The themes of this year's Conference encapsulate the kind of patient environments we're under pressure to provide in both the public and private sectors. With over 50 presentations organised into seven broad streams, there's unprecedented depth and scope to the advice and information on offer this year. Attending the Conference is your might be used to enhance the patient environment and assist in issues such as infection control and patient safety. The stand at the Big Bang Fair is further evidence of Static Systems' commitment to supporting education and training among young people. Static Systems offers structured engineering apprenticeship programs at the company's Staffordshire headquarters. Around 15 percent of Static Systems' current headcount of 340 people have completed apprenticeships at the company and 12 former apprentices are now part of the senior management team at Static Systems. Others have roles in fields as diverse as sales, research and development, production, project management and quality assurance.

Students Inspired

Change In Comfort

Many of the young people who flocked to the recent Big Bang Fair in Manchester found their way on to an innovative stand built by Wombourne-based STATIC SYSTEMS GROUP depicting how a future single bed ward might look in UK hospitals. The concept ward - inspired by the anticipated dramatic growth in single bed accommodation in UK hospitals - was displayed at the invitation of the Institute of Healthcare Engineering and Estate Management (IHEEM) in conjunction with Engineering UK. The Big Bang Fair was targeted at school leavers considering careers in science and engineering and Static Systems' management representatives were delighted with the reaction of the young audience.

Static Systems' Manufacturing Director, Philip Marsh said: "For some intelligent and ambitious young people, modern engineering apprenticeships provide an Sales and Marketing Director, Phil appropriate and realistic route to a Wade said: "They rather liked our rewarding career. The programs future ward, which was fitted out also allow them to train in a variety with the very latest technological innovations and ideas for the future. of roles requiring different skills giving them wider career choices. We got some great feedback and "The Big Bang Fair will have it helped them think about how inspired many school leavers to hospitals may be changing to explore careers in engineering and improve their patient care." science, and that has to be a good The concept ward features the thing for the future of engineering in latest nurse call and bedhead the UK," explained Mr. Marsh. services solutions along with some The concept single bed ward is advanced concepts in ward design. now installed at Static Systems' These include: full connectivity headquarters in Wombourne, of the bed to integrate nurse call, Staffordshire, and will be an patient entertainment and `exit invaluable resource for customers, alarms' particularly useful in the visitors and others involved in management of patient falls. These features, along with automatic hospital design, ward management nurse presence, low energy lighting and related issues. and IP integration are intended to ENQUIRY NO. 204 stimulate debate on how technology

PRESSALIT CARE has extended its range of height adjustable nursing benches with the new Nursing Bench 150, meeting the recommendations of BS8300:2009. For use in situations where a person needs to be changed or showered while lying down, the Nursing Bench 150 comprises a comfortable PVC-coated canvas stretcher which is easily height adjusted with the hand-held remote control. Providing a weight limit of up to 150kg, the Nursing Bench 150 is available in 1.4m and 1.8m lengths and can be height adjusted from 500mm to 900mm by means of its wall-mounted lifting unit. This allows the Nursing Bench 150 to be lowered to a suitable height for side transfer from a wheelchair, and then raised to a comfortable and safe working height for the carer. The Pressalit Care range includes the Nursing Bench 200, which features an adjustable head support, and integral water collection tray, and has a maximum weight limit of 200kg. In addition, for use in kindergartens and nurseries, the Pressalit Care Nursing Table is designed for a maximum weight of 75kg and has the option of integral sink, tap, and wire storage baskets. ENQUIRY NO.

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HEALTHCARE ESTATES EXHIBITION

B43 Abloy UK C35 Addagrip E39 ADP E16 Elliott Off-Site Building Solutions B15 Emergi-Lite Safety Systems G49 Enertec Energy Ltd E21 Nexus Retail Interiors Ltd H52 NIFES Consulting Group A51 NMS Medico Ltd E43 Ormandy Ltd

C35 Advanced Hygienic Contracting B22 Aggreko UK Ltd E25 Aid Call

D27 Environmental Hygiene Solutions Limited B35 Environmental Water Systems (UK) Ltd C35 EnviroVent Ltd C5 Fendor Ltd C42 European EMC Products Ltd D51 Focused FM & Partner Companies H6 FPD Group Ltd A6 Gainsborough Baths

C42 Nuclear Technologies Plc C10 Oxford Hoist (A Division of Joerns Healthcare Ltd) F35 Pall Life Sciences D8 Peacocks Medical Group C16 Pressalit Care PLC E38 Primera Ltd D13 ProCure 21+

A33 Airwave Europe Ltd

E46 Amazing Interactives G10 Aquarius XI Ltd

D16 Antimicrobial Copper Foyer 1 Architects for Health D16 A.S Hardware Ltd D48 Asckey Data Services Ltd B9 Ascom Wireless Solutions E41 ASD Lighting Plc

A23 Gebr. Kemper UK & Ireland Limited C25 Gent by Honeywell D22 Gerflor Ltd E35 GIRPI s.a.s E40 Gleeds

F27 Rada Kohler Mira Ltd

E8 Real Asset Management Plc B25 Reliance Water Controls G6 RJ Urmson

B17 ASSA ABLOY Door Solutions E10 Atlas Environments Ltd B13 BeaconMedæs

Foyer 3 Association of Healthcare Cleaning Professionals G46 Audere Medical Services Limited F17 Bender UK Ltd E18 Binley's

G2 Glamox Luxo UK Limited E13 Glutz UK Ltd G21 Grohe Ltd

G7 SAS Specialist Alarm Services F47 Save It Easy (Energys) D21 S+B UK Ltd F5 Schneider Electric Ltd G10 Seers Medical Ltd F46 Selectaglaze F39 Service Works

H13 Graham Construction A39 GSG in partnership with Vanguard Healthcare E29 Guardian Staff Safety Systems C1 Haigh Engineering Foyer 5 Health Estate Journal A21 Heatrae Sadia Heating D39 Hospital Bulletin A24 HSJ

A48 Bennett Architectural Aluminium Solutions Ltd C35 BioCote

G40 Shire Controls

H8 BMM Weston Ltd H53 BRE

A28 Brandon Medical F21 British Gypsum A18 Britplas Ltd D7 Britspace B33 C2 emd

C50 Healthcare Facilities Consortium & Supporting Organisations D28 Horne Engineering Ltd C41 Howorth Air Technology Ltd Foyer 5 IHEEM F36 Intastop

A47 Signature Aromas Limited D26 Silentia Screens A13 Sirrus By Gummers B39 Spirax Sarco Ltd B29 SSP UK

D11 Space Architecture & Management E44 Spirotech UK Ltd A37 Starkstrom Ltd

B52 Butler and Young Healthcare Consultancy Ltd C17 Call Systems Technology C21 Cistermiser Ltd C18 Community Solutions

G51 Imperative Energy Ltd A40 Intatec Limited Foyer 4 IOSH

A5 Static Systems Group B18 Steri-Spray Ltd G47 Steven A Hunt & Associates D47 Supplies Team Solution E1 Surelock McGill Ltd H48 Sustainable FM C13 Swifttech

G4 Community Ventures Management Limited A17 Construction Specialties (UK) Ltd D18 Constructionline B1 Cortech Developments Ltd E23 Cupright International E52 Dalkia PLC

B48 Integrated Facilities Solutions Limited C42 John Caunt Scientific Limited D33 Kaba Door Systems Ltd B47 King Sturge LLP H7 Lorne Stewart D20 Maquet Ltd H10 LGG Charlesworth Ltd

E5 Courtney-Thorne Call Systems

F24 Thomas Dudley Ltd G17 Thorlux Lighting D5 Toprail Ltd E17 Traka Plc

H11 Dart Valley Systems Ltd C39 DDC Dolphin Ltd C31 Deanestor Plc C14 Designplan OS1 Dortek Ltd

A12 Marstrut Limited

C15 Mastermover Ltd

A38 Trend Control Systems Ltd D15 Turley Associates E33 Turun UK Ltd

B21 Deister Electronic (UK) Ltd

F43 Mechline Developments Limited C11 Medical Air Technology Ltd F15 Medi-Cell Rentals Ltd H15 Metalrax Storage D40 Metropolis pd

F33 TRUMPF Medical Systems Ltd A1 Turner & Townsend A52 University of Salford

A29 Douglas Delabie F18 Ductbusters Ltd C35 Dyson A14 Dyteqta

G11 Draeger Medical UK Ltd

C9 Millennium Medical Products Ltd G45 Monodraught Ltd F34 Morgan Sindall

A39 Vanguard Healthcare in partnership with GSG A27 Vernacare Technical Services A55 Vizcall / Sure-Call E3 VtV Solutions Ltd G9 WT Partnership G22 ZIP Heaters

D43 Eaton-Williams Group

G14 Morse Watchmans Ltd D1 MTX Contracts Ltd B5 Nationwide Gritting Services

D2 Wardray Premise Ltd

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Water Controls Solutions

Don't Land In Hot Water

A leading manufacturer of thermostatic mixing valves is warning that healthcare managers could find themselves in hot water if they neglect to arrange the annual servicing of their water mixing valves. SIRRUS by Gummers, a specialist in commercial washroom and showering products, points out that annual servicing of thermostatic mixing valves to ensure the continuing safe delivery of hot water is part of a management's duty of care. The certification of TMVs is regulated by BuildCert, which rigorously tests and certifies valves under two levels of approval. For Every year in Europe an alarming 5-12% of patients contract a nosocomial infection. To combat the proliferation of bacteria and prevent the spread of infection in the healthcare sector, DOUGLAS DELABIE has developed the BIOCLIP range of removable mixers. Bacteria such as Pseudomonas Aeroginosa thrive inside mixers and taps, where the combination of oxygen and water is ideal for them. BIOCLIP mixers and taps from Douglas Delabie provide simple, effective solutions to prevent the spread of these germs on the outside - as well as the inside of the spout. BIOCLIP mixers are available in two versions: · The BIOCLIP mixer with removable brass spout is supplied with a second brass spout to ensure continuity of use during disinfection of the first spout. Alternatively, it is possible to replace the brass spout with a disposable spout made from recyclable Hostaform. · The BIOCLIP mixer can be removed entirely from its base for full disinfection. Furthermore, the BIOCLIP range has smooth internals, avoiding the rough interiors with niches where bacteria can develop. BIOCLIP electronic models also feature an anti-bacterial duty flush, which operates every 24 hours after the last use, preventing water stagnation and reducing bacterial development. Visit Stand A29 to find out more. commercial situations where the management has a duty of care to protect all users of a premises, valves certified to the higher TMV3 standard should be used to ensure water safety. While all TMVs are factory set, because each application has a unique temperature, it is normal for the installer to re-set the temperatures on site. The BuildCert TMV scheme recommends temperatures of 44ºC for bath fill, 41ºC for showers and washbasins and 38ºC for bidets, and temperatures should never exceed 46ºC. Annual servicing of the TMV not only ensures that these optimum temperatures are maintained, it also extends the life of the valve. Annual servicing can be carried out by the valve manufacturer or by a suitably qualified plumber working to manufacturer's recommendations.

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On 5th and 6th October 2010 at the Healthcare Estates 2010 Conference and Exhibition to be held at Manchester Central a brand new centre, CISTERMISER LTD. will display their high quality range of products and solutions for the treatment and cost effective management of water on Stand C21. Cistermiser's display will include their range of Hydraulic Urinal Flush Control Valves, the Infrared Urinal Flush Control Valve, the Direct Flush, Infrared Sensor Controlled urinal valve, the

Cistermiser

Easyflush Wave and Walkaway, no touch dual flush WC cistern valves, as well as the Novatap and Novaspout), a hands free infrared sensor activated taps, with proven care workers because the carer could not wait to unload the machine. So The Disabled Community decided to set up its own laundry service. Customers are given a large or small bag for their washing. The Community collects it, processes it and delivers it back to the customer the next day. The laundry operators find the Armstrong equipment versatile, quiet and easy to operate and, says Melanie Fyfe, Volunteer and Operations Coordinator, the results are excellent and the customers are delighted. For further information contact Armstrong Commercial Laundry service packages designed to ensure that machines operate efficiently at all times. Vernacare's new generation Vortex macerator, which is the only truly hands-free system has been designed based on ease of use and incorporating unique Infection Prevention features. Other benefits include an anti-bacterial deodoriser which cleans

water saving qualities. Also on display there will be the AV range of electronic management system controlled washroom products, including shower heads, basin spouts, WCs and urinals, especially designed for high risk applications such as prisons and mental health facilities, as well as schools and sports centres. The products shown will also include the recently launched Sensazone, a method of controlling water supply to all the appliances in a washroom. ENQUIRY NO.

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New Laundry Service `Brilliant'

When The Disability Community launched an innovative laundry service they selected a 16 kg Primus washer-extractor and a complementary Speed Queen tumble dryer from ARMSTRONG COMMERCIAL LAUNDRY SYSTEMS. Customers say the service is `brilliant'. The Disability Community provides a wide range of services to disabled and vulnerable people of all ages in Glasgow. It became apparent that laundry posed significant problems to many service users. Even some people with washing machines could not be adequately served by visiting

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Innovation Showcased

VERNACARE (stand no A27) will be focused on three main aspects of its market leading innovative approach to infection control at this years Healthcare Estates exhibition in Manchester. These include: · Launching new Vernacare Technical Services packages. · Showcasing the new Vortex, the truly hands-free operated macerator · Revealing the radical new porter's chair. Vernacare Technical Services has invested over £300,000 in a stateof-the art mobile communications

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and IT system to allow rapid response and improved efficiency by the national engineering team. Engineers will be on hand to demonstrate the macerator equipment and discuss the national servicing and maintenance support they provide. They will be officially launching two new

inside the macerator at the end of the cycle and assists in improving the sluice room environment. Vernacare will be unveiling its radical new porter's chair at Healthcare Estates ahead of its launch into UK hospitals later this year. Design of the porter's chair has stood still for many years, but Vernacare has turned tradition on its head with a pioneering new design that combines advanced infection prevention features with comfort and functionality.

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Vernacare Joins In ACTION

VERNACARE helped Wirral University Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust make a clean sweep on infection as part of its ACTION against C. Diff Week at Arrowe Park Hospital. Using the ACTION acronym (Antibiotics, Clean, Treatment, Isolation and Investigation, Observation and Nutrition), the week-long campaign took a multidisciplinary, collaborative approach

Showtime For Waste Control

One of the UK's leading suppliers of security sealing & Clinical Waste tag products is hitting the road to promote its wide range of products at the Healthcare Estates Exhibition in October. Sales & Marketing Director Steve Turner commented that he was looking forward to the show. "The exhibition is an excellent opportunity for us to meet existing

management technique that supports better hygiene. Staff were shown how to attach to infection prevention ­ involving the adhesive strips to the clean every ward and department. commodes and then sign the tape Vernacare's Julie Dickinson helped - adding the date of their clean to champion the Clean message by demonstrate to colleagues and visiting the wards to demonstrate patients that equipment is fully best practice in cleaning the compliant with stringent hospital Vernachair commode ­ using the hygiene standards. company's own `back to basics' Alison Quinn, Infection Prevention cleaning guide. and Control Team Leader/Project After cleaning the chair thoroughly Manager, said: "High standards of using a chlorine-based detergent, cleanliness are a vital component staff were shown how to use the Vernacare in our fight against C. Diff, and our ACTION week highlighted our Indicator tape, which broad based approach to preventing infection ­ from improving hand is a visual hygiene to addressing nutrition and antimicrobial prescribing. Caption: Julie Dickinson of Vernacare (front) helps a team from across Arrowe Park Hospital to promote the ACTION on C. Diff message. ENQUIRY NO. 211 and potentially new customers to demonstrate our range of cost effective sealing solutions. We hope to show that, whatever your clinical waste sealing requirement, is we have a solution - or can create a solution - to meet particular customer requirements." Among the Talisman products that will be exhibited on the CHARLESWORTH stand will be the BT28, which gives unique identification and traceability of clinical & hazardous waste, thus helping customers to comply with the Duty of Care. The company has recently secured a 3 year contract

Rada

Stand No. F27

Quick Wins In Carbon Reductions

Despite the new era of austerity, the pressure remains on health managers to meet carbon reduction commitments. Combining good practice in steam with the latest control technologies can typically save between 10 and 30% of fuel costs for boilers, lowering carbon emissions and costs significantly. SPIRAX SARCO products, packaged systems and services can help to achieve these savings and more. As well as providing long-term gains, steam system improvements often bring rapid payback, delivering the "quick wins" that hard-pressed estates managers are looking for. For example, Spirax Sarco steam trap surveys typically reveal potential annual energy savings of £28,400 on average. Even more remarkable, the average payback time on each survey is about two months when all the recommended improvements are made. Meanwhile, our packaged systems

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RADA is exhibiting many examples from its unrivalled range of TMV3 valves at IHEEM, as well as previewing future launches. New from the company is Safetherm, a thermostatic mixer tap which sets new standards in safety, ease with Welsh Healthcare Supplies to of use and serviceability. It is the supply the BT28 product throughout first mixer tap to feature `Insutech+ the Welsh region. In addition Technology', which reduces surface Charlesworth has recently won temperatures on the hot inlet to a contracts to supply the NHS in safe level and answers growing England, Wales and Scotland and is concerns about accidental contact attending the forthcoming exhibition burns. with a view to generating new The sequential, single lever business opportunities within the thermostatic mixer tap has been healthcare sector. designed with ease of use as a key Talisman Security Products is a consideration in the development part of the LGG Charlesworth process. It is easy to operate under Ltd business, which has been hospital protocols, with a maximum manufacturing plastic injection 120° travel. This ensures it is simple moulded products since the 1920s. to use using the elbow to prevent Talisman has more than 36 years cross infection, while delivering a experience specialising in the full range of water temperatures in a design, development and production controlled manner. of plastic seals and waste ties. Safetherm is also fully compliant You can visit the Charlesworth on with technical guidelines laid stand H10. out in HTM64 and meets the D08 performance standard ­ as required by legislation in NHS hospitals. To further help cut out the risk of Hospital Environment ENQUIRY NO. 212 Contamination, the design eliminates unnecessary internal are delivering results throughout the spaces and internal machining detail NHS Estate. For example, EasiHeat that could house standing water when a tap is not in use. provides hot water and heating on demand, as well as energy savings of Another highlight will be Acu, the between 6 and 10% seen at Kettering world's first digital TMV3 approved mixing valve for healthcare. It General Hospital. represents the next generation of And Spirax Sarco's flash steam digital thermostatic mixing valves, recovery system has helped specifically designed to bring Leighton Hospital in Crewe reduce effective non-touch controlled its carbon emissions by around hand-washing facilities. Acu 95 tonnes a year, cutting fuel bills delivers improved hand-hygiene, by over £10,000 and helping the water control and management to hospital meet its emissions trading healthcare professionals as well as targets. estates and facilities managers alike. Visit our experts at the Healthcare Sense ­ Acu's `parent valve' Estates exhibition on stand B39 ­ is designed to reduce the costs of to discover how we can help you managing healthcare facilities, and achieve the maximum benefits the risks associated with legionella. from your hospital steam system, It allows for an element of remote efficiently and safely. We can even siting ­ up to 3 metres ­ from the provide the support necessary to user outlet; and offers a wider range gain funding for your project. options for hospitals and healthcare basin, bath, bidet, shower or bath/ shower water delivery systems. ENQUIRY NO. ENQUIRY NO. 213 214

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Simpler Specification

RADA has just published its Product Selector, a guide to the UK's widest range of showering, washroom controls, fittings and systems designed for commercial applications. This intuitive guide is grouped by application and colourcoded for ease of use, presenting each product complete with key features and benefits, best practice applications, approvals and, where relevant, plumbing schematics. In a handy, pocket-size four-colour format; the 148-page selector includes sector icons for the different products as a guide to their application suitability ­ healthcare, education, sports/leisure, defence, A brand new baby change station introducing new materials and safety features has been introduced by FRANKE SISSONS. The Comfort Baby Changing Station offers child safety, hygiene, hand washing facility, safe storage and uniquely prison, washroom and industrial. The product pages also use icons that show product characteristics and approvals, such as WRAS approval or features to aid legionella management or reduce water consumption. They also provide web links where further information may be downloaded. Highlights in the edition include Rada's digital washroom controls which sport advanced features such as non-touch activation and temperature adjustment. The range also enables thermal disinfection and automatic duty flushing, both of which aid the control of Legionella bacteria and the maintenance of high standards of hygiene. utilises Miranet for the change mat, a strong material that is both room temperature and smooth finished for easy cleaning. The Baby Changing Station is manufactured a safe, solid and durable product that is free standing and designed for location within washroom or changing facilities where water and waste facilities are available. The WRAS approved self closing tap has an anti-scald feature toTMV3 water regulations combining ease of use with safety. The restraining strap is made to discussions with their healthcare professional as well as news stories and links to sexual health organisations. The website also includes details of Owen Mumford's Amielle Comfort dilators, designed to help women gain gradual control of their condition until ready to progress to natural penetration. Designed in conjunction with psychosexual therapists, the dilators come in five graduated sizes to help women familiarise themselves with their body and help to build confidence at a pace that suits them best. The set of dilators comes in a pretty make-up style bag with a lubricant, instructions and push. The company is also planning a number of brand extensions over the next twelve months, variants being formulated for children, teenagers and pregnant mothers, as well as effervescent tablets. The BioCalth brand is targeted at the £400 million vitamins, minerals and supplements (VMS) market,

New Modulating Burner

Within months of launching a series of energy saving products including the ModSync boiler sequencing system and TDS energy recovery system, FULTON Limited ­ one of the UK's leading manufacturers of steam boilers and packaged plant rooms ­ has demonstrated its ongoing commitment to research and development and the environment with the introduction of a new modulating burner. Based on Fulton's existing on/off burner, the new modulating burner uses a linkageless burner management system to operate two modulating actuators. One actuator regulates the flow of gas and the other adjusts air flow to ensure that optimum combustion is possible across the full firing range of the boiler. To optimise combustion, each of the valves is capable of being adjusted by as little as 0.1º allowing small adjustments to be made to the burner output. The new modulating burner is available as an option on all gas fired vertical boilers in Fulton's range, including the J Series and new VMP multi-port tubeless steam boiler. It can also be retro-fitted to pre-installed boilers. Initial results from a three month trial at Cardiff University where two Fulton 60J boilers are installed ­ one using a standard on/off burner the other a new modulating burner ­ indicate a significant reduction in gas consumption, with further savings being made on electricity. Thanks to the burners' modulation, the boiler is also more efficient as the steam pressure is kept at a more consistent rate. For further information visit www.fulton.com. ENQUIRY NO.

Improved Standards For Babies

BS1888 regulations and has an easy to release clasp. The Base unit is available in two product options, 2 door or 4 door for storage and access for maintenance to plumbing and services. The lockable doors are made from scratch resistant laminate and their hinges open to 170° to prevent trapping little fingers. An additional range of related stainless products such as a paper towelling dispenser, soap dispenser and nappy bin is available alongside the Baby Change Station.

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Owen Mumford Launches Time2Talk Website

Thousands of women are either unable to have sex or have to endure painful sexual intercourse due to conditions known as vaginismus and dyspareunia and many find this a very difficult subject to talk about, even with partners and friends. To help women with these and other similar conditions, OWEN MUMFORD has launched a new website called Time2Talk, (www. time2talksexualhealth.com) to provide valuable support to women and their partners seeking help and information. Time2Talk contains a forum where women can share their own experiences and in addition there are suggested questions for women to use as a basis for

handle to attach the dilators for ease of use. Amielle Comfort can be purchased through the new website or is available on prescription in the UK. Approximate retail price: £34.60 plus VAT.

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Unique Supplement

PRINCIPLE HEALTHCARE INTERNATIONAL is relaunching its patented BioCalth calcium supplement, the only European product containing calcium Lthreonate, which has been scientifically proven to provide increased protection for bones and joints, with new packaging and a major marketing

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where the ageing UK population is set to benefit product sales, and is intended for distribution through grocery multiples, pharmacies and health food shops. The calcium salt of threonic acid, a metabolite of vitamin C, calcium L-threonate is a highly effective biocarrier for calcium and ensures a 95% absorption rate to the bones, compared with between 10% and 45% for other calcium supplements. This high bioavailability enhances calcium utilisation, helping to build stronger, more flexible bones, and the effects are generally experienced during the first few weeks. With its unique formulation, BioCalth is regarded as effective

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for the prevention and treatment of osteoporosis and other degenerative bone diseases and there are no known side-effects. The 90 tablet pack has an RRP of £15.99 and is packed in trade outers of four. Based in Skipton, North Yorkshire, Principle Healthcare International formulates, produces and markets an extensive range of VMS products, covering vitamins and minerals literally from A to Z, and supplies the private label, retail and export sectors.

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Infection Control Guidance

The drive for improved hygiene in healthcare settings as a means of combating HCAIs, has generated a wealth of professional protocols and guidelines for the cleaning and disinfection of reusable medical devices. This has prompted Suffolk manufacturer PLINTH 2000 to offer guidance for the proper care and maintenance of its surgical and treatment couches, which are designed to meet Medical Device Directive MDD 93/42/ EEC, covering apparatus used for diagnostic and therapeutic purposes. In line with current infection control guidelines, all Plinth 2000 couch coverings are vinyl, washable, stain resistant and capable of withstanding disinfection with a chlorine-based product. Most of its standard upholstery grades incorporate a patented antibacterial additive, Thermo Fisher Scientific, the world leader in serving science, today announced that its range of biochemical identification kits is one of the widest available to clinical microbiologists today, providing reliable results in simple and convenient formats. The range, which includes the rapid and easyto-use Remel RapID microbial identification systems and the OXOID Microbact biochemical identification kits, requires no capital investment, so it allows even small laboratories to confirm the identification of clinically significant bacteria, yeasts and fungi. The RapID range is the fastest and most

which provides long-lasting effectiveness against MRSA, C.Diff, E.coli and other harmful bacteria and is also resistant to mould and odours. It is ideal for use in high infection control areas such as hospitals, GP surgeries and clinics and is suitable for cleaning and disinfecting with NaDCC chlorine tablets. Plinth 2000 recommends cleaning with a dilute disinfection solution, using proprietary products such as Haz-Tabs and Presept tablets, and the same solution can be used on the powder-coated steel frame, simplifying decontamination convenient identification system of its kind. With its simple, onestep inoculation procedure, it allows accurate identification of a comprehensive range of microorganisms in just four hours. The RapID method detects pre-formed bacterial enzymes and, therefore, is not dependent on the growth of the organism. This allows the panels to be incubated aerobically without the need for oil overlays, which saves time and resources. Each RapID kit has the same simple procedure, allowing it to be adopted easily in laboratory workflows, and the biochemical reactions are clearly visible as distinct colour changes.

procedures. One area of particular risk of cross-contamination is upholstery damage, through cuts, tears or poor cleaning technique, and Plinth 2000 recommends regular inspection and servicing, with the option of replacing damaged vinyl as soon as any problem occurs. To this end, the company has designed its couch upholstery for ease and speed of replacement, by means of four concealed bolts on each section, and its service contract provides for inspection and rectifying of damaged upholstery and other infection control issues, with visits either annually or every six months. It also offers the

option of upgrading older models to antibacterial upholstery, at prices from around £65 per section, thereby extending product life in accordance with the Quality & Outcomes Framework (QOF). Plinth 2000 accessories contributing to infection prevention and control include paper roll holders, enabling hygienic couch rolls to be dispensed along the length of the couch, tailormade plinth covers in washable terry towelling, and foot controls for electric height adjustment, eliminating the need to use hand controls when gloved up. Although the company tends to favour leaving the frame and mechanisms exposed, so there are no nooks and crannies for dirt and bacteria, it is also bowing to customer demand and introducing a moulded base shroud, for easier cleaning and disinfection. ENQUIRY NO.

Biochemical Identification Systems

These are interpreted quickly and conveniently by the Electronic RapID Compendium (ERIC), a user-friendly, Windows-based software package, to minimise misidentifications and to ensure accurate and reliable results. In trials, RapID kits demonstrated excellent performance in the identification of oxidase negative Enterobacteriaceae, anaerobic bacteria, Gram-negative glucose non-fermenters, Corynebacterium species, yeasts and related organisms and streptococci and related organisms. In addition, a new system for the identification of staphylococci and related organisms is now available. Comparative evaluations demonstrated that the RapID method performed significantly better than other leading commercially available systems, particularly in the identification of clinically significant yeasts (including Candida krusei, an important pathogen of immunocompromised introduction into the Clemex PSFilter system of the new pulldown menus of international standards enables pre-programmed international standards to be applied to particle analysis and reporting for a variety of end use applications. The standards include ISO 4406 and ISO 4407, which relate to the contamination of hydraulic fluids by solid particulates. ISO 4406 defines the method used for coding fluid contamination and specifies that samples must be analysed in accordance with the procedures laid down in ISO 4407. Clemex PSFilter systems ensure that sample analysis complies with both of these standards. Samples for analysis can be obtained in several different ways. `Membrane filters' are used to trap micro particles or micro organisms within fluid systems, such as hydraulic fluids, in order to determine cleanliness of fluid circuit components for the automotive

patients) and non-fermenting Gram-negative bacilli including Burkholderia cepacia, an important pathogen in cystic fibrosis patients. The Oxoid range of Manual Identification Systems also includes the Microbact biochemical identification kits for the identification of Gram-negative bacteria (the Enterobacteriaceae and miscellaneous Gram-negative bacteria) (Microbact 12A/E; 12B and 24E), Listeria species (Microbact 12L) and clinically important staphylococci (both coagulase-negative and coagulasepositive staphylococci) (Microbact 12S). These kits are available in convenient strip or microplate format, and organism identifications are based on pH changes and substrate utilisations. For further information,contact their local Oxoid representative 01256 841144, val.strou[email protected] com, www.oxoid.com ENQUIRY NO.

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The benefits of particle examination by image analysis have been extended further by CLEMEX TECHNOLOGIES Inc., who have added pre-programmed international standards to their computerised image systems. The integrated Clemex PSFilter hardware and software systems, distributed exclusively in the UK by Aptex Ltd, offer computerised, microscopic, image analysis of particulates down to 0.5 microns. The systems are used primarily for quality control and research in a range of automotive component manufacturing applications and in the

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environmental control, food, engineering, pharmaceutical, electronic and aerospace industries. They also allow for macroscopic analysis, which yields results for particles greater than 5 microns. Compared with particle characterisation and measurement by other methods, computerised image analysis offers the benefits of reliable and repeatable analysis by shape, size, colour and texture with particulates in their most mechanically stable position ie on filters, wafers or tape. Analysis is possible on any type or mix of particles ­ opaque, semi-transparent, crystalline, textured, coloured etc. The

industry. In the same way, possible contamination of injection liquids used in pharmaceuticals can be checked. Another technique called `tape lift' is a used for determining fungal spores in a given environment. Using specialized sample holders, the Clemex PSFilter software controlled microscope scans and maps the sample in a few minutes. The system optimises productivity by running up to 10 samples on a 215mm x 100mm holder. Further increases in productivity can be achieved by employing Clemex robotic systems. Once the sample analysis is completed, particulates classified and validated, the system automatically generates reports, which can again be customised, if necessary, to internal or industry specific standards and then saved as secure, printable reports. ENQUIRY NO.

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Two Top Industry Awards

APETITO, the leading supplier of frozen meals and catering solutions to healthcare, care homes and local authorities, has just won two of the catering industry's most prestigious Awards; the Sustainability Award at the Cateys and Best Development Chef at the Craft Guild of Chefs. Regarded as the `Oscars' of the hospitality world, the Cateys recognise the industry's leading companies and individuals, those who make a real difference in catering industry. Winning the much coveted Sustainability

The Craft Guild of Chefs Awards award, is recognition of apetito's recognise and commitment to placing social, honour the best economic and environmental cheffing talent issues at the heart of all its strategic in the catering business decisions. The judging panel were particularly industry, with past award impressed with the company's all encompassing sustainability strategy winners including and commitment to introducing pioneering environmental solutions. Heston Blumenthal, Raymond Blanc and Marco Pierre-White. So apetito The results are impressive, for development chef, Phil Rimmer is example, use of electricity down in good company, after he received 14%, water usage cut by 26%, and the 2010 Development Chef award gas usage down 5.7% during a for his development of a ground period of increasing production. working with others better exemplified that at the West London Mental Health NHS Trust where cleaning and hygiene specialists CK Group were called in to supply not only their Infection Control expertise, but also its recommended cleaning products and qualified and experienced staff. Following a HCAI inspection in 2009, the Trust established an action plan with CK Group to address breaches in standards of cleanliness. A re-inspection by CQC's HCAI

breaking and innovative range of soft and puréed meals for those with dysphagia (eating and swallowing difficulties). The meals look appetising when served, taste good and deliver the nutrition required which is so important when illness reduces appetite. ENQUIRY NO.

Working In Partnership...

CK GROUP helps raise level of hygiene at West London Mental Health NHS Trust - Extracts from the Report of the findings from the follow-up visit by the Care Quality Commission in March 2010 The Care Quality Commission is the independent regulator of health care and adult social care services in England. In addition to driving improvements and to acting swiftly to remedy bad practice, the CQC also has as one of its aims the `gathering and using of knowledge and expertise, and working with others. Nowhere is this approach of Hand hygiene specialist TEAL (www. tealwash.com) is celebrating the success of its portable Hygienius hot water hand wash unit which is providing an instant ablution solution in NHS hospitals all over the UK. You can see it on Stand S60 at Infection

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New Brochure

The wait is over ­ the much talked about new GRAHAME GARDNER brochure is here! With 124 pages, this brochure showcases one of Grahame Gardner's most impressive collections to date, including classic and contemporary Healthcare styles alongside Corporatewear, Scrubwear and Footwear. As always, Grahame Gardner have created a simple to

Safetherm, the new thermostatic mixer tap for healthcare from RADA ­ the worldwide experts in commercial showering, washroom controls, fittings and systems ­ sets new standards in safety, ease of use and serviceability. It is the first mixer tap to feature `Insutech+ inspectors in February 2010 found Technology', which reduces no breaches of the Hygiene Code surface temperatures on the hot and noted the improvements made. inlet to a safe level. This answers Additionally, service users overall growing health sector concerns felt that the ward environments about accidental contact burns, were cleaner and that facilities had particularly children and the elderly improved over time. grabbing the body of a hot tap. ENQUIRY NO. 223 The sequential, single lever thermostatic mixer tap has been designed with ease of use as a key require no fixed plumbing, are operational within minutes and don't consideration in the development have the potential pitfalls associated process. It is easy to operate under Prevention 2010. hospital protocols, with a maximum with Legionella that can come with Since launching 120° travel. This ensures it is simple conventional sinks and pipe work. the innovative They heat water instantaneously and to use using the elbow to prevent product two cross infection, while delivering a feature low pressure spray heads years ago, more rather than taps. A simple and quick full range of water temperatures in a and more Acute controlled manner. disinfection routine is all that is and Primary Safetherm is also fully compliant needed to eradicate contamination. Care Trusts have with technical guidelines laid Operational immediately, the units invested in the equipment which hold enough clean water for up to 50 out in HTM64 and meets the hot water hand washes and retain all D08 performance standard has a variety ­ as required by legislation in NHS dirty water for later disposal. of applications For more information contact log on hospitals. To further help cut out within a medical the risk of Hospital Environment to www.washyourhands.co.uk environment. A Contamination, the design hire service is also eliminates unnecessary internal available. internal machining detail TEAL units ENQUIRY NO. 225 spaces andhouse standing water that could when a tap is not in use. follow brochure, so that customers also facilitate bespoke embroidery, Rada's Safetherm complements can quickly locate the section that printing and badges directly onto the company's comprehensive interests them. Produced in a neat the garments, all delivered with range of digital and mechanical handy size, this brochure features Grahame Gardner's 2 year Warranty. products dedicated to healthcare the fresh colour palette of the Over the past few years Grahame specifications. Grahame Gardner corporate identity Gardner have been working and is this season's must-have hard to ensure that their range essential for anyone thinking of a underpins their market-leading new identity for their Practice. position. With improvements to Alongside the extensive product their manufacturing processes range the brochure also introduces and significantly increased stock the services that demonstrate facilities of the top selling lines, Grahame Gardner's commitment to Grahame Gardner can now ensure outstanding customer care. Range that customers get their hands on Presentations and Sampling are their ordered products sooner than available alongside a Measuring, ever before. To order you copy Fitting and Distribution Service, please call 0116 255 6326 or email developed to take the stress [email protected] out of carrying out large scale uniform ordering programs. Their flexible manufacturing services ENQUIRY NO. ENQUIRY NO. 226 227

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Laboratory Goes LEAN

The Pathology Department at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Gateshead has embraced the NHS vision to increase efficiency and reduce waste through the application of LEAN principles. Gateshead is a high throughput blood science laboratory for which increased efficiency will bring huge benefits. Before the LEAN principles could be applied it was necessary to analyse how efficient the blood sample processing was. The results revealed the need for a complete laboratory re-design. After carefully considering many possible configurations for a serum work area (SWA) platform, from several suppliers, the department decided to partner with ROCHE, who offered the best automated solution for the size of their laboratory. With MODULAR pre-analytics

located close to the sample reception area, the laboratory now has three analytical processing lines consisting of two cobas® 6000

platforms and one high throughput cobas 8000 platform. These are all linked to a highly efficient track system with a post-analytical module for automated sample storage and retrieval. The solution is designed to ensure maximum efficiency within the laboratory and to deliver results at the earliest opportunity, with significant enhancement to the patient pathway always front of mind at Roche. For the Pathology Department at Gateshead, it wasn't just about the equipment. The analytical performance of the platforms and the breadth of available assays were important, but it was the entire design concept of the Roche solution and the ability to work in partnership towards a faster, more efficient service that helped them to realise their vision for a LEAN laboratory. ENQUIRY NO.

Hand Wash Units For Hire

The Medical and Healthcare Division of hand hygiene specialists TEAL has launched a hire service for their comprehensive range of portable hot water hand wash units ­ providing an instant ablution solution to cope with HCAI outbreaks which can overload existing facilities or to keep wards open when building work disrupts conventional plumbing systems. Operational immediately, the units hold enough clean water for up to

The Rational Choice for Saving Energy

kitchen. Rational has recently performed a comparison between the SelfCooking Center and its predecessor, the ClimaPlus Combi. The new tests directly compared the energy consumption of the SelfCooking Center and the ClimaPlus Combi. Despite the fact that the SelfCooking Center has a lot more functions and features, and that the ClimaPlus Combi was already a very energy-efficient machine, the tests found that the SelfCooking Center uses up to 10 percent less energy than the ClimaPlus Combi. Rational's SelfCooking Center saves energy by constantly monitoring the cooking process and keeping the food in the optimum conditions to produce perfect results, every time. LevelControl monitors

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each individual rack, meaning mixed loads can be cooked at the same time, as the cooking times are balanced accordingly. LevelControl ensures that the temperatures are kept consistant even if the door is opened, while only using as much power as is necessary and reducing energy waste. The SelfCooking Center also saves in other ways. For example, the fully automatic cleaning programme means the unit is cleaned to optimum HACCP safety while using minimum energy, chemicals and water, as well as saving time and money. Descaling is conducted automatically with each cleaning cycle so there is no need for water softening. ENQUIRY NO.

50 hot water hand washes and retain all dirty water for later disposal. They require no fixed plumbing or drainage and can be positioned in any location near an electric socket. They are delivered fully tested, disinfected, cleaned and ready for use within 24 hours of an order being taken. The weekly hire rates range from £84 to £112 plus VAT with a delivery and collection charge of £40 plus VAT per unit. To find out more log on to www. washyourhands.co.uk or phone 0121 770 0593 ENQUIRY NO.

Survey Reveals Almost 50% Of Those Questioned Will Refuse To Go To Hospital For Treatment

superbug would mean fewer people being prepared to take the risk of going into hospital for treatment. Nearly 70% of the 1,000 questioned said they were worried about themselves or a relative going into hospital and contracting a superbug infection. Nearly 50% said this fear would prevent them from going to hospital and 47% said either As the NHS gears itself up they, or someone they knew, had for a possible outbreak of the contracted a superbug infection after new superbug NDM-1, a new receiving care at a hospital. independent survey has revealed that resource has developed a strategy nearly 50% of people questioned for the control of an infection would refuse to go into hospital in outbreak that it says is crucial to case they contracted a superbug preventing the type of situation that infection. RESOURCE, the UK arose in 2006 in Stoke Mandeville and Ireland's leading supplier of hospital where 33 patients died, support and business critical services and where Infection Prevention which commissioned the research, and Control and cleaning were said that the results demonstrated significant factors in the outbreak. that the fear of catching such a Brian Lee, Healthcare-Acquired

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Infection Specialist with resource explained the key elements of the resource strategy: "These include dividing the hospital into zones, allocating cleaning operatives into specific areas and creating dedicated discharge teams to provide rapid response deep cleaning and decontamination for patient bays, where environmental cleanliness is key. "The latest research provides strong evidence that healthcareacquired infections such as MRSA ­ and, very likely, NDM-1 - are transmitted indirectly through contact with environmental surfaces. Room Bio-Decontaminisation, for example, provides a unique solution in the eradication of unwanted micro-organisms such as bacteria, bacteria spores, viruses and fungi," he added. "We also use infection resistant materials and equipment to combat the spread of these infections, as well

as important protocols such as isolation room cleaning, risk level area cleaning, discharge team procedures and operating theatre cleaning procedures." Resource has already proved the success of its system in the Beaumont Hospital, Dublin in the Republic of Ireland, one of the country's busiest hospitals with 620 beds and an average of 60 patients per day. In 2006 the hospital had 70 reported cases of MRSA in 2006, which was reduced to 25 in 2009, due in part to adhering to key hygiene protocols. "The implementation of discharge teams has proven to be instrumental in enhancing our level of patient care," added Fiona Edwards, facilities and hygiene services manager at the hospital. He added: "There's still a lot to do. In April 2009, 11 hospital trusts failed to meet all the regulations." ENQUIRY NO. 231

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A fully integrated keyless access control system from INGERSOLL RAND SECURITY TECHNOLOGIES has been installed at the large Am Bachgraben retirement village in Switzerland to provide safe and secure access for its 400 residents and staff. A combination of PegaSys offline terminals, Interflex IF-600 and IF-71 online terminals have been linked to a centralised Interflex IF-6020 management system. This uses proximity activated LEGIC cards to give access to cloakrooms, security

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safes, rooms, medicine cupboards, lifts and letterboxes all via one customised access control card which is unique to that user. For staff using the system it also includes time & attendance recording which greatly improves administration, payroll and rostering efficiency. The details of who has access to which areas and the relevant authorisations of particular individuals are stored in the software and monitored by administrators. This data is maintained in the central office and can be fed directly to the individual terminal readers saving both time and money and negating pain in cancer patients. Dr Louise Lynch, consultant in chronic and cancer pain management at the Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust, explained: "The S-Nerve produces high quality images giving me far better imaging capabilities than before. I frequently use it for brachial plexus blocks on oncology patients, where my principal aim is not only to perform a local anaesthetic block, but also to infiltrate steroid around the nerves and the tumour. The S-Nerve makes it possible for me to see the nerves I am injecting around, for example, I can see the upper roots of the plexus block, rather than just the axillary ones, for interscalene or supraclavicular blocks, and that's where the system really comes into its own. Treating patients in this way, particularly those who have had radiotherapy or lymph node dissections following breast cancer surgery, and those with upper lobe lung tumours or pancoast tumours that are invading the brachial plexus, can reduce pain, tingling and numbness, and lessens the need for further medication." ENQUIRY NO.

the need to visit individual card readers to update them with the latest permissions. All the necessary permissions and data are written to personalised badges which are printed in-house. Should a badge be lost it can be simply deleted from the system and a replacement badge issued rendering the lost card totally useless and thereby ensuring the safety of the residents. This system is both versatile and very easy-to-use by even the most `technophobic' of users. ENQUIRY NO.

The St James's Institute of Oncology, part of St James Hospital in Leeds, relies on a SONOSITE SNerve point-of-care ultrasound system to perfect nerve blocks that can significantly relieve chronic

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The needs of every catering operation change over time. Sadly most catering equipment can only do what it's designed to do ­ cook, store or whatever. But now WINTERHALTER has created a range of adaptable warewashers that can change with the business's needs: if chef wants the glasswasher to become a dishwasher, it can. The clever machines are the latest versions of Winterhalter's UC Series of undercounter warewashers. Available in four sizes, from small to extra large, the machines can be converted from

glasswashers to dishwashers, or vice verse. They can also be converted back again ­ so if, for example, the site's needs change seasonally, the UC warewasher can match them. However, the machines' adaptability doesn't stop there. Each UC dishwasher can also be set up, by the operator, to clean off different types of food. For example, heavily sauced dishes, such as pasta, have totally different washing parameters from drier foods such as pizza. If a UC is loaded with FURNITURE will be featuring the latest additions to its portfolio of patient and ward furniture on Stand 56 at the Infection Prevention 2010 exhibition in September. Of particular interest to visitors to the show will be the seating designed for use in hygiene-critical environments. Features include removable seat cushions for ease of cleaning, a hygiene gap between seat and back to avoid the creation of contamination pockets, and the careful location of stitching details to ensure they are in noncontact areas. Exposed wood is treated with a biocidal lacquer, and Knightsbridge offers a selection of protective vinyl upholstery fabrics suitable for cleaning with a mild

mainly sauce-covered dishes, the operator can adjust it for best results, just by touching the icon on the control panel touchscreen.

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bleach solution. All Knightsbridge patient and ward seating is available with a variety of weight distribution cushions to help prevent the development of pressure ulcers by less mobile patients, and practical features like waterfall seats and variable seat depths/heights ensure a perfect blend of comfort, style and function. Knightsbridge Furniture has been supplying hospitals for over 70 years, meeting and exceeding the rigorous standards demanded by specifiers working within the NHS and private sector alike. The company holds Approved Supplier status with both the NHS (2009/S 77-110710) and the SHS (TAG 801), in addition to many leading private health and charitable care organisations. ENQUIRY NO.

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Where temperature, humidity or pressure is critical to operations, the measuring equipment has to be very reliable. Abacus Instruments manufactures products that measure accurately and the company uses locks from CAMLOCK SYSTEMS to protect the equipment. Abacus Instruments is a well established British business that makes a wide range of products for ensuring that measurements of temperature or other parameters are monitored and/or recorded. Some send a text or e-mail as well as sound an alarm if limits are exceeded. Examples include small circular chart temperature recorders and blood storage temperature alarms that help users comply with the MRSA guidelines. The company has customers in the healthcare, food storage and refrigerated transport sectors among others and its products are used worldwide. Abacus monitors current and proposed legislation to ensure that its instruments will help customers meet regulatory standards. Several of the Abacus products have a lockable door to prevent unauthorised access or alarm override. Camlock Systems supplies Series 13 micro cam locks, which provide full functionality within ultra compact proportions. Like Camlock Systems, Abacus Instruments offers a range of products for rapid delivery from stock or can design and manufacture to meet customers' specific requirements. ENQUIRY NO. 236

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New Surgical Gown Fabric

KIMBERLY-CLARK HEALTH CARE has created a new, innovative fabric for its best-inclass MicroCool surgical gown that combines high performance with high level protection and superior comfort. Using its own patented SFS technology, KimberlyClark's KC400 MicroCool offers `all over' impervious protection for complex, high risk specialized surgery as well as long-lasting high fluid procedures. In a survey amongst 1400 clinicians, two out of three OR clinicians said they

found the new KC400 MicroCool surgical gown was more comfortable than ever and 97% of those surveyed found the fabric softer. The unique SFS technology of the MicroCool gown achieves the combination of performance, protection and comfort through a thin, strong layer of breathable film enclosed in two layers of soft, nonwoven fabric. CROWN TRADE's new anti bacterial decorative coatings are specially formulated to prevent the spread of `superbugs' in healthcare facilities and at the same time deliver cost savings by significantly extending redecoration schedules. Crown Trade Steracryl Anti Bacterial Scrubbable Matt and Durable Acrylic Eggshell are formulated for maximum durability in heavily trafficked areas

The film lets moisture vapour pass easily through the gown whilst preventing penetration of blood and bodily fluids. The KC 400 MicroCool exceeds the European Norm EN 13795 High Performance Standard in preventing liquid and microbial penetration and ISO 11810-1 for flame resistance which is vital in the operating room that frequently makes use of oxygen, lasers and cautery devices. and will retain their `just painted' appearance even when subjected to intensive hospital cleaning regimes. Shunning the use of controversial organic antimicrobial agents such as Triclosan, Crown has opted to develop its anti bacterial product offer using long established, well proven silver ion technology. Steracryl Anti Bacterial Scrubbable Matt and Durable Acrylic Eggshell both incorporate SteriTouch removing over 99% of dirt and bacteria commonly associated with hospital aquired infections. Then, by inserting the mop plate into the ingenious mop release, the potentially hazardous soiled mop releases directly into the collecting bucket ready for laundering with no need for manual handling. Pre-prepared microfibre cleaning systems have undoubtedly revolutionised hospital cleaning methods, allowing operatives to move easily from one area to the next using clean equipment. Although gloves may protect the

The new KC400 MicroCool is part of the Kimberly-Clark four-tier range of surgical gowns, drapes and packs that provide the operating room (OR) team with a wider choice to select the appropriate level of protection to meet the demands of the specific surgical procedures as well as the flexibility to meet their financial requirements.

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New Anti Bacterial Coatings

MEIKO ­ specialists in warewashing and sluice room disinfection appliances - has recently appointed Adele Batchelor as Business Development Manager. An exciting new role, Adele will head up the company's drive into the healthcare environment with its sluice room solutions. Adele brings with her more than 10 years experience in care sector hygiene, working with architects, specifiers, infection control managers and end-users, from initial concept stage through to installation, maintenance and service. More recently, Adele worked in an independent capacity for leading UK care providers, specifiers and contractors supplying the healthcare markets. Enthusiastic about her new role with Meiko, Adele comments, "To have the opportunity to introduce such globally recognised and proven products is very exciting, and I believe such products are well overdue in the UK. The key for me is not just the quality of the Meiko sluice equipment it is also the proven reliability and longevity. My confidence in the equipment is further demonstrated by the length of the company's warranty, provided as standard. Importantly, extended warranty and maintenance contracts are available, tailored to individual needs. Bill Downie, managing director of Meiko elaborates, "With Adele's appointment comes a wealth of experience and industry knowledge, and it is this expertise that will build and drive forward the Meiko offering into the UK's sluice rooms." ENQUIRY NO. 240

antimicrobial additives which employ the natural sterilising properties of silver. The new coatings have been independently tested for anti bacterial efficacy using the internationally recognised JIS Z 2801:2000/ISO 22196:2007 method. They are intrinsically stain resistant and boast a Class 1 Scrub rating. When `scrub tested' according to ISO 11998, Steracryl Anti Bacterial Scrubbable Matt lost less than 5 microns of film thickness after 200 cycles, representing a 400% increase in resistance to wet scrubbing compared to conventional vinyl matt. ENQUIRY NO.

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Manual handling of dirty mops, currently presenting a significant risk of cross contamination in hospital cleaning, is a thing of the past thanks to the innovative pocket mop release system from VIKAN ErgoClean. Researched and developed by Vikan's engineers, this patented system which attaches to the Vikan ErgoClean trolley, eliminates manual handling of dirty mops, substantially reducing the transfer of pathogens and the risk of cross infection. The system is very simple. First the highly effective Vikan ultra microfibre mopheads clean floors to a microscopic level, JAMES SPENCER & CO Ltd's new multi-functional Stalham is gaining increasing recognition in the NHS as a powerful tool in the fight

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operative, they cannot prevent the transfer of pathogens between points of contact, such as mop handles. Recognising the risk, Vikan's team developed this unique mop release system.

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James Spencer has developed the Stalham through direct consultation against HCAIs. with healthcare professionals. The `next generation' Stalham is James Spencer has now added a three-in-one-unit that acts as a bariatric, portering, adjustable standalone sani-chair, over-the-toilet height and static chair models to the mobile commode and shower chair. Stalham range. James Spencer's chairman Richard A Stalham cross-infection leaflet Spencer explained: "The Stalham can be viewed and downloaded in has a fully synthetic frame and is an eco-friendly electronic format at constructed from a high impact www.jamesspencer.co.uk as can the plastic material. It does not rust, company's 2010 catalogue, which scratch, bend, dent or peel, is features all product ranges ­ over chemical resistant, easy to clean, 1,000 in total, including 200 new hygienic and economic. products. "It has inbuilt capabilities to help The catalogue, cross-infection combat cross-infection by reducing leaflet and other standalone product areas in which bacteria can be information is also available in print harboured and by allowing thorough by calling James Spencer's sales cleaning through quick strip-down team on 01535 272957. and disinfection." ENQUIRY NO. 241

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APOLOGY TO GOJO We would like to apologise to Gojo for any confusion caused by a spelling error in the last issue of the magazine. What follows is the correct editorial:

Soothing Sanitiser Set To Smash Compliance Problems

GOJO has unveiled a breakthrough product that meets with World Health Organisation (WHO) hygiene requirements while greatly improving skin condition in the form of PURELL Skin Nourishing Foam Hand Sanitiser. It is designed to achieve better hand hygiene compliance by providing a product that is highly efficacious which healthcare workers will find luxurious and moisturising, that is clinically proven to improve the skin condition in 14 days. The dual action foam combines a high level alcohol able to kill 99.99 per cent of most common germs and which is proven to be effective against adenovirus and rotavirus according to EN14476, with moisturiser to nourish hands. Studies show its hydration qualities are equal to a leading brand of hand and body lotion. The formulation has a trade-marked dermaglycerine system, blending seven moisturisers workers' skin moisture. Skin was measured with a corneometer skin hydration instrument and after two and four weeks the results showed a hydration boost of 13.79 per cent and 17.48 per cent over baseline. Tests comparing the foam with four competitive products also described as moisturising revealed that one application of PURELL Skin Nourishing Foam Hand Sanitiser yielded statistically better skin hydration at 10 minutes and then again at 2 hours. Other tests showed it had a low chance of causing skin sensitisation, while tests immersing glove samples in the product showed that it did not reduce the integrity of latex, nitrile or vinyl gloves. Hospital based tests also showed 80 per cent of healthcare workers preferred it over their current hand sanitiser. Mike Sullivan, Managing Director of GOJO Industries Europe Ltd said the product was developed range was of a higher quality, offered value for money and was the most appropriate for their hospital

synergistically. Pre-launch skin performance tests were carried out on it in cardiac care units to see if it significantly boosted

after listening to customers. "The aesthetics of pre-lathered foam with appealing touch-free dispensing makes it easy to use and fit for purpose. "But the real breakthrough is the new formulation removing in one stroke any worries that alcohol might dry out or irritate the skin, and that will dramatically increase hand hygiene compliance among healthcare workers typically aged 40 or over who are more susceptible to dry skin. "Keeping hands soft and clean in a busy hospital environment is a real challenge but we're confident that the launch of PURELL Skin Nourishing Foam Hand Sanitiser will aid users tackle infection control while preventing irritation of the skin through over drying." For further information contact GOJO on T: 01908 588444 or visit www.gojo.com. use. Of particular appeal to Site Services Manager at The Heart Hospital, David Sowoolu, was the ErgoClean trolley with its unique mop release system to eliminate manual handling of dirty mops which minimises risk of cross contamination. The award winning top adjustable handle also allowed light and easy movements across floors reducing possibility of repetitive strain on muscles and joints. Trust infection control and Estates together will be monitoring the effect this change has on the hospital sites by undertaking swab analysis prior to and after implementation of the microfibre system. To find out more about the Vikan ErgoClean system, call 01793 716760, email [email protected] or check the web: www.vikan.co.uk. eyewash stations. Promoting `correct procedure' is the Jangro exclusive Infection Control wallchart that provides guidance on the safe removal of body fluids, spills and sharps. Test data is available on request for Jangro branded microbiological products. ENQUIRY NO. ENQUIRY NO. ENQUIRY NO.

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University College London NHS Foundation Trust has agreed to support The Heart Hospital and The National Hospital for Neurology & Neurology in changing the way they clean ward and other clinical areas. Both hospitals are planning to introduce a relatively new cleaning system called microfibre cleaning. This system uses microfibre mops, cloths and high dusters. Unlike traditional cleaning there are no buckets of hot soapy water. The mops and cloths are pre-dampened and kept in containers on the cleaning trolley ready for use. Due to the unique way that microfibre material works a significantly greater amount of dust, dirt and bacteria is removed than with traditional cleaning methods. The dust, dirt and bacteria are held within the fibres of the cloth/ mop and can only be removed by laundering at high temperatures to ensure all bacteria are killed. This also ensures that they are thermally disinfected ready for the next use. Each patient of clinical area is cleaned with a fresh cloth and mop to reduce the chances of spreading infection through cleaning. Each item is colour coded to meet the cleaning standards colour coding. Once cleaning of the patient area is complete, the cloth is placed in a laundry bag ready for machine washing. All cloths and mops are laundered after use. Following extensive market testing exercises on a range of competitive cleaning products and equipment, it was the VIKAN ErgoClean range which `shone through'. The evaluation group were all of the opinion that the Vikan ErgoClean

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Jangro `NHS Approved' Range

JANGRO the UK's leading group of independent distributors of hygiene, cleaning, janitorial and catering supplies throughout the UK healthcare sector; is now offering an even larger range of specialist products including many carrying the `NHS Approved' symbol. In its latest 160-page catalogue Jangro offers a selection of `NHS Approved' Clinell products that kill Swine Flu and includes Universal Sanitising Wipes, Hand and Surface Sanitiser/Disinfectant Spray, Antibacterial Hand Wipes and Sporadic Wipes. This year, Jangro's `Infection Control' range has doubled to meet market requirements. It includes the popular Jangro Medical Sanitiser

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for terminal disinfection for use across the healthcare profession. Jangro bactericidal, virucidal and sporicidal products effectively deal with MRSA, HIV and C Difficile. The Jangro range also includes Disposable Latex Gloves, Sovereign Examination Gloves and glove box holders, Alcohol Hand Gel and Rubs. New to the 2010 range are Jangro's handy sized disinfectant surface wipes, Biohazard and Sharps Disposal Kits, shoe covers, torches and rechargeable batteries. For both the healthcare and commercial markets Jangro has a large selection of First Aid products and kits including NHS approved bandages, adhesive dressings and

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Tutela Goes Dutch

A first TUTELA Monitoring System has been installed in continental Europe by Next Control Systems in collaboration with Sanyo E&E Europe BV.

The installation is at Erasmus University Hospital Rotterdam, where temperature sensors are monitoring cryogenic stores at between -80°C and -200°C. These sensors feed information into the Tutela Remote Alarm Monitoring Bureau in Farnborough, Hants. Round the clock manning means there is an immediate response to any incident. The system enables web access to real time electronic records from

anywhere in the world, creates fully validated electronic alarm incident audit records and both manages and retains electronic records for up to 30 years. "Our bureau has a lot of American customers and even one from Africa, as well as companies based in the UK and now, thanks to our collaboration with Sanyo, this is the first on mainland Europe from where there are a lot more in the pipeline," said Tim Bartholomew, managing director of Next Control Systems.

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RIESTER now offers a onepiece-cuff for all Riester sphygmomanometers as standard. The new bladderless nylon Velcro cuff is reusable over 10 000 times and washable up to 60°C. Cleaning and disinfection for the one-piece-cuff is much easier than the standard cuff as it can be immersed completely into an alcohol disinfection solution after use. Made of latex-free material, it is especially practical for use in hospitals as it saves time and prevents contamination. The one-piece-cuff is made of soft material for a comfortable Birmingham City Hospital has turned to RADA, the experts in commercial showering, washroom controls, fittings and systems; to help target improved efficiencies in infection control after detecting higher than expected rates of C. difficile in one of its former Nightingale wards. The ward, which had been an acute ward feeling on the skin and comes with a 50cm length of tubing. It is available as a 1-tube or 2-tube version, with sizes to fit children, adults and obese patients. It has been tested according to ISO E01 Standards. The Riester reusable onepiece-cuff makes checking blood pressure a safer and more efficient process, providing patient comfort and easy disinfection. ENQUIRY NO.

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Rada The Right Medicine

Protection - Everywhere It Matters

ECOLAB, the infection prevention specialists, will be showcasing their new fully virucidal alcohol hand gel, Spirigel complete, at the IPS Conference in Bournemouth (stand W42) this September. With the theme of `Complete Protection - Everywhere It Matters', the company will be demonstrating their products and services to the attending delegates. Following the attractions of previous years, they are promising another interesting and relevant competition on the stand again this year in which all attendees will be invited to take part. "We always enjoy giving the IPS delegates a fun break from proceedings," comments Dan Dummer, Ecolab Marketing Manager, "But as usual we'll have a serious message on our stand and will, of course, be demonstrating why we believe Spirigel complete is such a groundbreaking hand hygiene product." Containing 85% ethanol as the active ingredient, the new Spirigel complete, is the first fully virucidal gel widely available across Europe. Shown to be

for the elderly, was deemed a hospital `hot spot' with more occurrences of the infection than other areas. The decision to close and refurbish the ward allowed a total rethink in terms of infection control and prevention, as well as improved ergonomics, patient comfort and privacy. The hospital's infection control team worked with

its capital projects department to put infection control at the top of the agenda for the new ward's design, which saw 30 of Rada's Acu non-touch digital thermostatic mixing valves installed, replacing 13 conventional taps. Rada Sense was chosen for the ward's shower areas. While the remit was to specifically bring effective non-touch controlled hand-washing and showering facilities to the new ward, water management and maintenance was also seen as important.

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A key focus amongst infection control company TRISTEL's exhibits at Infection Prevention 2010 (20-22 September 2010; Bournemouth International Centre, UK) will be Tristel FUSE for Surfaces and Tristel Jet. Hospitals around the world now rely on these products for routine cleaning and high-level disinfection. The formulations, based on Tristel's proprietary chlorine dioxide chemistry, are rapidly replacing chlorine tablets as the disinfection product of choice. Packaged in convenient, easy to use, `mixable sachets' containing base and activator solutions, FUSE for Surfaces delivers high-level disinfection of floors, walls and general hard surfaces. No counting, weighing or calculations are needed to make up a working solution at the right concentration ­ and no waiting for chlorine tablets to dissolve. Effective against a wide range of organisms including Clostridium difficile, FUSE is ready to use with just a single dilution. The inclusion of a powerful surfactant in ensures a thorough cleaning effect and, unlike chlorine releasing agents, there is little odour and no health and safety or disposal issues. Tristel Jet adds a non-aerosol gelbased trigger spray to the range. It permits accurate directional application and eliminates any health and safety concerns associated with aerosols. A thickened formulation allows it to cling effectively to hard surfaces, for wiping. ENQUIRY NO.

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active against many viruses, yeasts and bacteria in a shorter contact time of only 15 seconds1, the product is highly beneficial for use in the busy healthcare environment. It also passes EN 1500, EN 12791, EN14476, EN13727 and EN13624. This, combined with its user-friendly formulation, gives greater assurance to Infection Prevention Teams (ICTs) aiming to improve compliance levels in hand hygiene

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The Modular Effect

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The debate - for and against single bed wards in UK hospitals - continues to rage and a CPDapproved presentation, by STATIC SYSTEMS GROUP is intended to guide and influence thoughts on the role that modular design and technology can play. The seminar, originally delivered to the Institute of Healthcare Engineering and Estate Management (IHEEM) West Midlands' branch, is now being offered to a wider audience as Static Systems shares the feedback it has generated from comments received about its concept single bed ward. The concept ward was first shown at the most recent Healthcare Estates Conference and Exhibition and is now installed as a permanent feature at the company's headquarters in the midlands. The presentation describes the arguments that support single bed wards and contrasts these with the concerns expressed by those that oppose the idea. Within a wideranging agenda issues discussed include: the background to the growth of single bed wards, the key drivers for patient safety, how technology can assist the patient environment and patient care. In fact, all issues that lead to the provision of an optimal healing environment within single bed wards are covered. Static Systems' Phil Wade said: "We are amazed at the response we have had to our concept single bed ward and felt that we should make public some of the reactions and comments we have received. "The dramatic growth in single bed wards since the issue of HBN 04-01 Adult in patient facilities in 2007, has seen many Trusts exceed the recommended minimum of 50 percent single room accommodation, with some considering 100 percent adoption. "Our presentation reflects some of the views of expert sources and takes an objective look at the role that design and technology is playing and the issues that are most important," explained Mr Wade. To enquire about the seminar presentation please contact Dawn Dallaway at Static Systems Group, telephone: 01902 895551 or email [email protected] co.uk ENQUIRY NO. 253

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brand from CME Sanitary Systems, has won a major new order to supply toilet seats for the healthcare sector. The contract with Find involves the supply of over 400 Celeste Pro seats in a bespoke Red colour, which will be used in care homes and social housing for people with dementia. Before commissioning the Celeste Pro seats, Find studied available research and clients' feedback on the effectiveness of using bold coloured products for people living with dementia. They concluded that red is the most effective colour for toilet seats and as a `theme' colour

for important items around the toilet area including signage and grab rails. CME responded with a bespoke red seat and one that had a myriad of other features, including a contoured design for greater user comfort, a choice of stainless steel hinges and seat locators, which prevent the seat from twisting. The seat is also easy to install, with or without the lid, to suit care home requirements. Red toilet seats when used in a care home as part of Find's toilet strategy have resulted in dramatic reductions in `incontinence' and falls, in some cases virtually eradicating both issues as Peter Rose from Find explains: There are more than a million people experiencing difficulties chewing and swallowing in the UK, including stroke and cancer patients and those with dementia - and catering for them poses unique challenges. For example, preparing meals by liquidising ingredients and adding water for texture not only alters the nutritional content, but results in food which lacks visual appeal. In any patient a healthy, nutritionally balanced diet is an essential part of the recovery programme. For those with dysphagia, eating amongst peers is often embarrassing, so consuming the initial Lexie family comprises settees in two-seat and three-seat configurations plus an armchair. All feature webbed seats and sprung backs for a comfortable sit and good

Meals For Dysphagia Patients

Find also recommend the Celeste Pro seats in blue from Celmac, as an alternative. ENQUIRY NO. 250 enough nutrients can be difficult and malnutrition a key concern. apetito's new range of soft and puréed meals has all the right elements to encourage individuals to eat and bring dignity back into dining. Developed in consultation with healthcare professionals, the main meals and hot desserts are nutritionally balanced, full of flavour, of a consistent texture, and moulded to retain shape after cooking, so food is recognisable and visually appealing. The result - appetising, enjoyable meals and a more pleasurable dining experience. ENQUIRY NO.

At last! A new, ground breaking range of texture modified meals for dysphagia patients is now available from APETITO, the leading supplier of frozen meals to the NHS, Care Homes and those receiving community meals.

Launch of Lexie

Carpets Reach New Heights

Contract interiors specialist GRADUS has extended its premium carpet portfolio with the launch of Skyline; a contemporary new collection of linear designs, inspired by current trends within the contract interiors market. Following the success of Gradus' Cityscene range, Skyline offers the same high standards in design and quality, at competitive prices. Skyline is manufactured using nylon yarn and is supplied in tile format, providing a durable, low-maintenance floorcovering solution. The tiles can be installed either quarter turn,

New to the KNIGHTSBRIDGE FURNITURE Healthcare Collection is Lexie, a range of innovative armchairs and settees created exclusively for the company by designer Catherine Hawcroft. Describing herself as a `problem solver', Catherine was briefed by Knightsbridge to create a new suite for healthcare environments which combined versatility with comfort. Cost-effectiveness was another essential requirement, which she met by utilising several existing components and drawing upon the technical expertise at the Knightsbridge manufacturing base in West Yorkshire. Distinguished by good ergonomic design and a compact footprint,

upholstery for use in hygiene-critical areas. Feet are in either polished chrome or solid wood in Natural Beech, Oak, Cherry, Bleached Beech, Walnut or Wenge finishes. The Lexie is also available to Knightsbridge Reinforced or Extreme specifications for use in healthcare facilities where residents demonstrate challenging behaviour. The Lexie range features in the comprehensive Knightsbridge Healthcare Collection catalogue. For copies and enquiries, telephone sales on 01274 731442, e-mail [email protected] lumbar and upper back support and co.uk or visit www.knightsbridgeexude a contemporary domestic feel. furniture.co.uk Either single or stylish twotone fabric options are offered, and Knightsbridge offers vinyl ENQUIRY NO. 252 broadloom or brick bond, providing a high level of style and versatility for a wide range of contract environments, including commercial, education, healthcare and retail. Skyline is available in a choice of 16 colours, which cover all major colour areas from natural and grey tones through to reds, greens and blues. The Skyline carpet collection is available with full LRV (light reflectance value) test reports to help specifiers achieve visual contrast with adjacent surfaces, in line with Disability Discrimination Act guidelines. For further information

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Quieter And More Efficient

Sleek, modern design combined with state-of-the-art technology makes CIAT OZONAIR Ltd's new Major Line range a revolution

in comfort units. A product of CIAT's sustainable development philosophy, Major Line consumes 20% less electricity than its predecessors and is extremely quiet in operation, generating 2 dB less noise. It also filters indoor air to protect the well-being of occupants. The range offers a broad range of cooling capacities up to 10 kW, and includes an array of innovations packed into a more compact and efficient product. The new generation fan features a contoured scroll housing designed for optimum output and performance.

It is equipped with High Energy Efficiency ABS impellors with airfoil blades for reduced energy consumption. The high performance coils have up to 15% larger coil face area, the wide choice of coils enabling customised water ranges. Materials have been selected for their low environmental impact and are 85 - 95% recyclable depending on size. Available in both cased and uncased versions, Major Line is very versatile. Installation and maintenance are also very simple. ENQUIRY NO.

Young Patients Not Puzzled

Carleton Introduces New Range

CARLETON HEALTHCARE, a new division of Carleton Furniture Group, has moved into the design and manufacture of patient furniture after becoming an accredited supplier to the NHS last year. "We see exciting opportunities for the business in this new phase of our growth." says Paul Hodgkinson, Healthcare Development Manager. "The range of chairs, lockers and over-bed tables that we have GOPAK's hard-wearing Economy beam seating is ideal for highvolume seating areas, their attractive, glossy polypropylene shells being both wonderfully practical and distinctively good looking. Their high-resistance and durability, along with the option of adding a table in lieu of a seat, make them particularly ideal for waiting and reception areas and other public spaces. Similarly, the smart, pressed steel Cranham beam seating is easy to clean and extremely robust, making it a great investment. Gopak's extensive range of beam seating comes in five unique styles, with something to suit every The launch of two new Doherty bariatric plinths reinforces healthcare equipment manufacturer SIDHIL's position as leaders in the development and manufacture of bariatric equipment. This year has seen the company expand its range of bariatric

Gopak's Beam Seating

bodies and delivering quality products to time and budget, meant we were asked to tender by NHS Supply Chain. "We were successful and are now one of only a few firms nationally on their roster of suppliers for all NHS launched for the healthcare market is Trusts in the UK. Alongside furniture for hospitals a new departure for us and one that we expect to contribute significantly and medical centres, Carleton to, in the Group's continued growth. Healthcare has also designed and will produce furniture for medium"We have worked for a long secure mental health facilities. time with the NHS, supplying residential furniture for Keyworkers To request the new healthcare catalogue please email [email protected] accommodation used by nurses and carletonfurniture.com. doctors. "Our track record of environmental awareness compliance, membership ENQUIRY NO. 256 status within furniture governing organisation - and there is more. Any company looking for something special can opt for Gopak's Flash beam seating. Its distinct, modern and fresh look comes in a wide range of bold and bright colours ­ perfect to match and complement any logo or colour theme. Looking for a more conventional and cosy style, Gopak also offers a range of comfortable, soft yet stylistic beam seating - perfect for dentist, doctor or school receptions. Available in a wide range of fabrics, the Waterfall beam seating can be products for both acute and primary care sectors in response to feedback from a specialist bariatric focus group which brings together manufacturers, clinicians and representatives from the NHS. The new electrically operated, variable height Doherty bariatric treatment plinths

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tailored to any organisation's needs and preferences. Adding to the flexibility of this product, optional back pads and arms can be added to this stunning set of soft and secure beam setting, while the opportunity of having either free-standing ENQUIRY NO.

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accurately reflects Sidhil's investment in product development and manufacturing resources. These high specification, two and three section units are designed to facilitate safe and secure care of heavier patients weighing up to 50 stone (320kgs). Although engineered primarily for bariatric applications, the twosection option is an extra-wide design, featuring a larger surface area which also makes it particularly suitable for non-bariatric physiotherapy and neurology environments. Controlled using a simple handset and designed for optimum flexibility, these electrically

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Young patients attending the new paediatric outpatient department at North Tees Hospital will be entering a bright and cheerful environment thanks to the addition of TARKETT flooring in all the corridors, circulation areas and waiting rooms. Jigsaw pieces in a variety of bright colours have been inlaid into the flooring along several corridors, while the waiting area features an underwater themed inlay that matches the fishy decoration on the walls. Phil Simpson of Dunwoodie Architecture and Design, who designed the new outpatient department, commented on their choice of flooring: "As with all healthcare installations, we needed a flooring that would be hard-wearing and easy to maintain, but we also wanted to make it more colourful and welcoming for the young patients. Tarkett's Floorcraft design team were a great help when it came to creating the bold jigsaw shapes and undersea designs, which have made such a difference to the overall feel of the department." As a homogeneous, high quality vinyl flooring, Tarkett's Eclipse Premium features a PUR reinforcement that means it needs no additional treatment, such as wax or polish, throughout its lifetime, when exposed to normal wear and tear. This helps to give it one of the best life-cycle costs on the market. With a range of 22 colours and a nondirectional pattern, Eclipse Premium can be used to create attractive, versatile interiors. operated plinths have a platform height range of 460-900mm. Four strong casters give ease of movement, with a central locking braking system for added safety and a simple levelling mechanism to cater for uneven floors. Designed for dual sided operation, the plinths are capable of both head down tilt and foot up positions, and a breathing hole is included as standard on the headrest section. ENQUIRY NO.

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New Functions For Vital Signs Simulator

RIGEL MEDICAL has upgraded its hand held combination vital sign simulator UNI-SIM http://www. rigelmedical.com/unisim, adding further functions to improve the scope of tests the instrument is able to perform. The UNI-SIM was the first hand held simulator capable of undertaking six synchronised vital signs parameter tests simultaneously: NIBP, SpO2, ECG, temperature, IBP and respiration functionality tests. It has been boosted with the addition of full 12-lead arrhythmias, ST elevation and depression settings and Atrial and Ventricular Pacer simulations. It also benefits from enhanced precision NIBP simulations, static pressure test settings and wider availability of compatible monitor types and simulation modes (O-curves). The upgraded UNI-SIM will also continue to provide increasing compatibility with other SpO2 technologies such as Philips. The simulator comes in a high quality, multi-functional sling-style carry case and can be integrated with the Rigel 288 hand-held electrical safety analyser, printer and barcode solution and pc-software package. Watermist has now established itself at the cutting edge of the UK market in terms of producing innovative patented designs. Both Fireworks and Warren Services have CAD and CNC manufacturing facilities and their combined force and capability means the entire process is streamlined from prototyping through to production ­ a great example of effective industry collaboration. The companies involved are al accredited to ISO9001 standards and Watermist is now working with the UK's leading building research authority, Buildings Research Establishment in Watford, to develop new international standards for suppression systems. This additional capability and improved portability makes it easier for biomed service engineers to transport the instruments from jobto-job and configure test solutions by combining all vital signs with electrical safety testing at the same time. The UNI-SIM and 288 is part of a comprehensive range of high performance specialist biomedical test equipment which can be customised to meet individual requirement. A selection of test equipment solutions and packages are also available upon request. ENQUIRY NO.

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Collaborative Project Hits The Spot To Win Major Orders

An innovative project set to revolutionise fire protection in prisons and other secure buildings across the UK has been launched in Norfolk. Tibenham based Fireworks Fire Protection and Thetford engineering firm Warren Services have launched Hydramist through their company WATERMIST. The systems work by pumping water

through a nozzle to create a mist. A lance is aimed at the seat of the blaze, sucking the heat out of the fire and creating a blanket to starve it of oxygen. As it uses low volumes of water to create a mist, it causes less water damage. Two units have been designed including a larger capacity model and a mobile version which can get to awkward areas such as prison cells quickly and effectively. Over 100 UK prisons have now had the Hydramist systems installed as part of a contract for the Ministry of Justice worth £1.4m, and subsequent orders have already been received worth £500,000 as the project continues to roll out further. preliminary negative-to-date results directly to the LIS from the Controller Module. Results can be sent at incubation times ranging

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bioMérieux Announces New Upgrades

BIOMÉRIEUX's BacT/ALERT 3D continues to be the most compact, modular and flexible blood culture system available, providing an optimal environment for the recovery of a wide range of pathogens. bioMérieux maintains a continual programme of investment into research and product development, with the latest firmware upgrades for the BacT/ ALERT 3D giving customers even more flexibility and efficiency. The new improvements include reporting methods, such as the automatic transmission of

Palintest Introduces New Range

Leading water analysis company PALINTEST Ltd is launching a new range of Industrial Water Test Kits: all-in-one packages for a wide range of field testing requirements. The range is designed to bring together all the necessary tools for accurate, quick and easy water testing for a variety of industrial applications. The kits are tailored to specific levels of need: the high-end Engineer's Test Kit for example includes the full suite of reagents and hardware that a water treatment specialist needs to carry out titration, photometric, pH, conductivity and

chemical tests. Other products in the range include the Cooling Water Test Kit, the Boiler Water Test Kit, and the Closed System Inhibitor Test Kit, each supplied with all of the appropriate equipment necessary to start testing. To complement these products, an extended range of Drop Count Tests will also be available soon. Palintest has drawn on its long and successful experience and expertise in water testing, analytical technology and chemical measurement methodology to offer these kits for the Industrial Water sector. Each one essentially gives

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CHILTERN INTERNATIONAL FIRE (CIF), with sister company BM TRADA Certification, has developed an `on the road' seminar day, tailored to the demands of the health sector. Through ENQUIRY NO. 261 working closely with health sector professionals, CIF has identified from 12 hours to 6 days. This makes `a number of fire safety challenges specific to hospitals and nursing full use of the data manager facility homes', said Senior Consultant and saves laboratories time spent answering telephone enquiries from Peter Barker. `Patients present a wide range of dependencies, so the wards. Further developments it is critical that doorsets within focus on sharpening up the QC and calibration processes, and improving hospital environments serve their purpose with respect to fire the efficiency of bottle loading, resistance and compartmentation processing and unloading. to allow for phased evacuation.` The new upgrade takes just 30 CIF will bring Fire Doors for the minutes to install; talk to your local Health Sector Explained to the bioMérieux product specialist to workplace, to present an overview find out more. of fire door design, manufacture, For more information on BacT/ testing, installation and certification, ALERT systems, visit www. including a site tour, unique to biomerieux.co.uk/ this course. The programme also includes background to regulatory ENQUIRY NO. 262 requirements, including the role of fire doors in progressive horizontal users a mobile laboratory packed evacuation (Firecode ­ fire safety into a protective carry-case, ready to in the NHS (HTM 05-02) and the be deployed for on-site testing. effect of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order, with plenty of time for discussion. The training day has been snapped up by healthcare professionals, including facilities and property managers, fire officers, building contractors and installers. To book a session, contact the CIF Consultancy team on 01494 569833 or email [email protected] co.uk. Chiltern International Fire (CIF) has published a free Technical Information Sheet TI-1014 Fire doors for the health sector. To obtain a copy email [email protected] quoting HEJ-0410. ENQUIRY NO. ENQUIRY NO. 263 264

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PCT Wheels Out Med-eKit

Service engineers at North Yorkshire and York PCT are using RIGEL MEDICAL's trolley casebased biomed field service kit MedeKit to undertake electrical safety testing of medical devices located at over 280 sites. The four Med-eKits were purchased to enable the Medical Engineering Department based at Malton, Norton and District Hospital to undertake the medical device testing service more cost effectively and efficiently than previously ­ it used to be done by five acute trusts and various OEM suppliers. The portability of the Med-eKit, General Environmental Services Ltd (GES Water and GES Technology) has signed a distribution agreement with RADIO-TECH to provide its clients with aquavision, RadioTech's wireless legionella* management system. GES supplies customers with water treatment and hygiene programmes and legionella monitoring forms a core part of which features several different types of medical test equipment within a self contained, easyto-transport package, has been welcomed by the engineers, who travel to several different sites to test medical equipment. The kit ensures they have the appropriate analyser to hand for testing purposes, enabling them to get in and out of jobs faster and record information more accurately and efficiently. It features hand-held analysers for electrical safety (Rigel 288), NIBP (Rigel BP-SIM) and SP02 (Rigel OXY-SIM) simulator, a its business. Kevin Bloodworth, Director of GES Technology is responsible for driving innovation and looked at several methods of improving legionella control. He commented: aquavision works by wirelessly monitoring water temperatures at multiple sites from any internet enabled location. It is a fully

battery operated patient simulator, defibrillator analyser, ventilator tester, printer and barcode scanner and asset management software housed within a compact and lightweight wheeled Pelican trolley case. ENQUIRY NO.

Examples of the application of technology to assist in the effective and efficient management of the ward and to enhance patient safety will be prevalent on the Static Systems stand, alongside the latest fire alarm innovations which will be shown within the STATIC SYSTEMS ­ Fire section.

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ESD events, which are usually accompanied by the release of electromagnetic radiation, are a potential hazard in the modern healthcare environment and can put the safety of patients and medical care staff at risk and seriously interfere with sensitive medical equipment. ColoRex SD/EC electrically conductive flooring from FORBO FLOORING SYSTEMS can play a critical role in reducing the generation of static electricity charges and securely draining static from personnel, patients and equipment. ColoRex SD/EC is a range of pressed vinyl tiles cut from a homogeneous compound formed from pressed conductive carbon A mix of heterogeneous and homogeneous vinyl flooring from POLYFLOR has been specified to help enhance the appearance of the kitchen and dining areas at Croydon University Hospital. Attractive Forest FX and Stone FX heterogeneous sheet was used in the diner while Polysafe Ultima heavy duty safety flooring with enhanced slip resistance was

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automated system that has been developed to assist water treatment companies, facility management and property management companies to comply with current guidelines and legislation. Using aquavision to wirelessly monitor water temperatures is less invasive than the traditional method of manually checking and automatically flushing outlets on each floor of a building. For more information about aquavision or legionella monitoring, please visit www.radio-tech.co.uk or call 01279 635849. ENQUIRY NO. 266 108 ohm. For literature please call 0844 822 3929, e-mail info.flooring. [email protected] or click on www. forbo-flooring.co.uk/moreinfo

Bedhead Services Making a debut at Healthcare Estates Exhibition - and ideal for new-build and refurbishment projects - is Static Systems' latest new design for Modus - a flush mounted bedhead services solution.

coated chips. The manufacturing process results in a dimensionally stable tile with permanent and constant electrical properties which are not influenced by ambient humidity or ageing. In addition to their conductive properties, ColoRex SD/EC tiles have a smooth pore free surface which is remarkably soil resistant and very easy to clean and disinfect, enabling healthcare providers to maintain the highest possible standards of hygiene at sustainable costs. Available in 19 colourways, ColoRex EC tiles have an electrical resistance range between 5 x 104 and 1 x 106 ohm, whereas ColoRex® SD tiles range between 1 x 106 and 1 x

Nurse Call The very latest applications of technology will be demonstrated on the stand and will include sensors for "slips and trips" and, for nursing management, two-way speech with mobile VoIP integration. Fire alarm Drawing on over 40 years experience of fire alarm projects, Static Systems will show off the latest versions of its comprehensive range of Series 600 and 900evo systems.

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hospital environment." All three products have been laid in the kitchen ­ all installed by independently tested and results London's KD Flooring. demonstrate that they inhibit the "We went with Polyflor growth of MRSA and can be welded because the products at the seams to provide a hygienic offer the perfect mix surface, offering no sanctuary to dirt of visual quality and and bacteria which is crucial for any safety, maintenance healthcare facility. and hygiene benefits," With a 0.7mm wearlayer, Forest commented projects FX and Stone FX offer excellent officer, Scott James. durability and are ideally suited to "We set very high high traffic applications. Polysafe standards when it Ultima was specified because it comes to caring for our meets the HSE Guidelines for a patients and looking commercial kitchen area where there after staff and that is a higher risk of slippage. includes maintaining a ENQUIRY NO. 268 bright, clean and safe

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The latest Series 900 evo is a radically designed alarm system that reduces the complexity of site installation and commissioning by introducing `computer mother board' principles. The result is a preconfigured and tested circuit module housing unit, which easily docks and connects with the fire alarm panel. Static Systems Group's sales and marketing director, Phil Wade said: "This exhibition and conference has consistently attracted existing and new customers onto our stand to discuss their needs and experiences and how we might help. This fact is a real influence when we look to design, equip and populate our stand each year. "This year is no exception, we have plenty of new ideas to share and product developments to present," explained Mr Wade. ENQUIRY NO.

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Smart Assistance

SEBIA has unveiled the latest addition to its automated agarose gel electrophoresis portfolio, ASSIST, the new autosampler designed to ensure standardisation of all pre-analytical steps. ASSIST works in conjunction with SEBIA's HYDRASYS 2 instrument and data acquisition software PHORESIS to provide full automation and positive sample identification. Developed to address the needs of clinical diagnostic laboratories, this innovative autosampler eliminates manual pipetting with direct sampling from primary

tubes. Featuring a barcode management system for positive identification of primary sample

tubes, the autosampler also provides automatic dispensing of antisera for immunofixation. Programming the ASSIST is very easy, allowing either standard or customised sample dilutions to be performed. This is particularly useful with immunofixation and CSF techniques. ASSIST's automated sampling capability streamlines laboratory workflow and maximises biohazard safety. In addition, the autosampler boasts loading and storage capacity of up to four applicators for a processing cycle of 60 electrophoresis or 9 immunofixation samples. B. ADELUS, CEO of SEBIA, for patients and bring UHL Breast Imaging into the 21st century". The final stage in UHL's digital transformation will be the provision of three new mobile digital breast screening trailers also equipped with Hologic Selenia FFDM units scheduled for delivery later this autumn. This will take Leicester to the cutting edge of cancer diagnostics consistent with the latest guidance from the DH and Advisory Committee on Breast Cancer Screening to move away from analogue to entirely digital mammography. ENQUIRY NO.

Upgrade Goes Live

The digital transformation of the mammography services at University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust (UHL) has taken another leap forward as ASTERAL installed two key upgrades at Glenfield Hospital. Dr Elizabeth Denton, Clinical Director of Breast Screening said "the new digital equipment will significantly enhance the

quality of service we offer, improving diagnostic accuracy through much sharper and more detailed images and possibly allowing us to reduce patients' exposure to radiation. Asteral's Managed Equipment Services played a major part in delivering this upgrade which will ensure a better service quantification of ATP remaining in organic residues still present following conventional cleaning operations. Hygiena International has now been invited to take part in the Showcase Hospitals Programme, which covers seven preselected hospitals across England within the programme. The Hygiena SystemSURE ATP monitoring system will be trialled for a number of months and findings reported back to the Innovations Programme. Working with the NHS Technology Adoption Centre, they develop technical and economic business cases for Rapid Review Panel technologies. The hospitals gain invaluable knowledge about the practical aspects of using the products in real

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commented: "We are very pleased with the ongoing expansion of our agarose gel electrophoresis range. Designed to complement the proven technology of HYDRASYS, ASSIST offers enhanced accuracy and time efficiencies, enabling clinical laboratory personnel to concentrate on more demanding tasks." He added: "Our R&D experts have developed a system that eliminates the risk of evaporation while maximising safety and throughput of sample preparation and antisera pipetting. ASSIST allows users to get results directly from primary sample tubes." ENQUIRY NO. 270

Prestigious Level 1 Recommendation

HYGIENA INTERNATIONAL, global supplier of rapid hygiene testing systems, have gained yet another accolade to add to their latest business innovation award. They were recently advised of their Level 1 recommendation by the Rapid Review Panel (RRP), who certified that "Following a basic research and development, validation and in-use evaluations, the Hygiena SystemSURE ATP monitoring system has shown benefits that are available to NHS bodies to include as appropriate in their cleaning, hygiene or infection control protocols (recommendation 1)". The SystemSURE Plus ATP monitoring system, which comprises a handheld luminometer and swabs, works through the collection and

situations. They will then be able to share their experiences, ranging from training needs and getting the products adopted, through to patient experiences. Hygiena's SystemSURE ATP hygiene monitoring system joins only 150 other products achieving Level 1 recommendation since the RRP first sitting back in 2004.

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Division they specialise in the development, manufacturing and distribution of singleuse devices to hospitals and healthcare sectors around the world. New neria Infusion Sets from ConvaTec make Desferal therapy more convenient and comfortable for the patients. Made from skin friendly Polyethylene and Polyurethane tubing to minimise the risk of contact allergies, neria is low profile and flat during use. neria is indicated for Parkinson's

disease, primary immunodeficiency and thalassaemia. It has been stability tested with APO-go, Desferal and subcutaneous immunoglobulin. For more information on the new neria Infusion set, or for more information on the ConvaTec Continence and Critical Care range, please telephone 01527-583600 or visit www.convatec.com.

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BIOMÉRIEUX has just launched Myla, a revolutionary new middleware solution to improve connectivity, laboratory workflow and information management. As a world leader in in vitro diagnostics, bioMérieux understands the increasing pressure on clinical laboratory managers to deliver more efficient laboratory workflows and streamlined information management, and has developed Myla to help meet these needs. Myla is an intelligent browserbased application that consolidates and manages microbiology data generated from a variety of sources, and converts these data into actionable information for treatment decisions. Designed to transform the way that laboratory managers and technicians work, Myla recaptures time spent on information retrieval and reporting activities, through a simple dashboard-based user interface that provides full control of laboratory workflow. "Myla brings two key benefits to the microbiology laboratory: significantly improving operational efficiency and making the most relevant information readily available to clinicians so they can take action rapidly," said Stéphane Bancel, Chief Executive Officer of bioMérieux. "Time to treatment makes a critical difference in patient outcomes and Myla is a fundamental part of bioMérieux's Full Microbiology Lab Automation (FMLA) strategy to deliver faster results." Come and meet Myla at the bioMérieux Symposium this June, or contact your local product specialist for more information. ENQUIRY NO.

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Quick Route To 3-D Visualisation

NEC DISPLAY SOLUTIONS offers a 3D starter kit as an add-on to its new 3D-enabled NP115, NP210 and NP216 projectors, providing a rapid route to the world of 3D. The starter kit consists of active 3D glasses combined with awardwinning 3D software from renowned content providers in the fields of education, simulation and medical visualisation as well as 3D pictures and a 3D movie. The full version of the well-known stereoscopic player from 3Dtv is also included for playing films and pictures with 3D effects. The 3D starter kit complements the new NEC projectors that use DLP® Link technology with a refresh rate of 120Hz allowing 3D images to be projected and viewed using only active glasses. No special screens or filters are needed for playback, nor any emitter for synchronisation of the glasses, which makes this solution particularly economical. Traditional 3D projection technology requires two projectors, one for the left eye and one for the right. Both devices must be precisely aligned in a timeconsuming process requiring special filters and screen. In the educational and medical sectors, this process is often too expensive and the set-up is too sophisticated. With DLP® Link technology, a single projector produces the images for both eyes. The impression of 3D is created by the interaction with the active LCD shutter glasses. This solution is cheaper and more user-friendly than traditional 3D stereoprojection. An impactful 3D projection solution with a simple, inexpensive and ecological set-up is now a reality for users in the medical and education sector and in combination with the 3D starter kit, users can quickly and easily enjoy their first and varied 3D experience. The NEC 3D starter kit is available at the promotional price of £59 (excl VAT) whilst stocks to anyone purchasing an NEC NP115, NP210 or NP216 projector. For further information visit www. nec-displays.co.uk or call 08701 201160. ENQUIRY NO.

NHS organisations across London have come together to boost the mammography facilities at The Whittington Hospital NHS trust provided by medical equipment solutions company ASTERAL. The new equipment will be a Hologic Selenia FFDM from MIS, which will significantly improve image quality and enable a more efficient workflow. The equipment will complement the existing mammography unit provided by Asteral which includes a prone table for symptomatic work with the new equipment operating as a dedicated screening unit. As well as providing the equipment and

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ongoing maintenance Asteral also refurbished the room that houses the new equipment. General Manager for Access, Diagnostics Services and Planned Care, Jon Green, from The Whittington Hospital NHS Trust, said "this is great example of partnership working to bring real benefits for patients. We at The Whittington have come together with Islington PCT and the Central East London Breast Screening Service based at St Barts and the London NHS Trust to provide screening services to patients in a modern fixed location. Asteral facility to investigate this to see if all true positives flagged within 36 hours. "We have also used it to study contamination rates, and identify those areas at greatest risk. At the moment a significant number of our positive cultures are Coagulasenegative Staphylococci (CNS), mainly due to contamination, and by identifying the wards at risk, we will be able to carry out specific training to reduce the problem. This will significantly decrease the amount of unnecessary work performed by the laboratory, reducing costs in terms of materials and staff time." Dawn concluded: "OBSERVA phenomenon which has been an accepted constraint for ultrasound needle guidance since its inception. This innovative software upgrade is available for MTurbo and S Series point-of-care ultrasound systems, and is currently compatible with HFL50 and HFL38 transducers for peripheral nerve block applications. "We are very excited by the new upgrade of SonoSite's technology," said Dr James French, consultant anaesthetist at the Nottingham introducing both standard LED handles and plug-in powered LED handles, for use both with reusable and disposable laryngoscope blades. High performance LEDs are available in 2.5V and 3.5V versions, which allow the operator to choose between using alkaline or rechargeable Lithium-Ion batteries as a power supply. LEDs offer a whiter, more intense light, and can operate for more than 20 000 hours. Plug-in Laryngoscope handles are available as 230V or 120V, and customers can choose between 3.5V Xenon or 3.5V LED versions.

The Clinical Microbiology department at Leicester Royal Infirmary (LRI) handles upwards of 150 blood culture bottles a day and has recently upgraded their BacT/ALERT system with BIOMÉRIEUX's OBSERVA data management software. Dawn Williams, BMS2, said: "OBSERVA has a lot more search facilities than our previous software, which has proved extremely useful. For example, we currently send out a provisional report of no growth at 48 hours, and on the Neonatal Unit wondered if this could be reduced to 36 hours to free up bed time in the unit. We used OBSERVA's search SONOSITE, the world leader in hand-carried ultrasound, has launched Enhanced Needle Visualisation, an advanced software technology that improves needle tracking and increases user confidence during deep insertions. Enhanced Needle Visualisation improves visibility of needles at steep angles without compromising tissue image quality, and is the first fully integrated solution to resolve the `lost needle'

Leicester Upgrades To OBSERVA

were chosen to procure and the manage the new equipment because of the value, professionalism and extremely high standards they have consistently delivered as part of the major Managed Equipment Services arrangement we have with them." ENQUIRY NO. 276 is very user-friendly, producing comprehensive, reliable data and fast results. It can run searches based on consultant, age, or any other patient demographic in our host computer system, I've found it an excellent system to use.." For more information, visit http:// www.biomerieux.co.uk/

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Riester Improves Laryngoscope Range

RIESTER now offers new products in its Laryngoscope range. ri-dispo disposable laryngoscope blades and new LED and plug-in handles make Riester Laryngoscopes much more efficient and user friendly. New disposable Macintosh and Miller laryngoscope blades for single use are made from robust Makrolon plastic. Blades are sold in bundles of 20pcs, and each blade is individually packed in a plastic zipper bag which is perforated for quick and easy opening. Singleuse blades help prevent crosscontamination and are appropriate for emergency situations. In addition, Riester is now

University Hospitals NHS Trust. "We have been using SonoSite ultrasound systems for needle guidance at the Trust for many years, and the addition of Enhanced Needle Visualisation dramatically improves needle visibility. This should enable clinicians to see the needle more clearly, and will help them to perform deeper nerve blocks faster and more safely." Enhanced Needle Visualisation is expected to benefit a wide range of point-of-care specialities, including surgery, interventional radiology and emergency medicine. This innovation is a true breakthrough for ultrasound needle guidance. ENQUIRY NO. 278

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specific to hospitals and nursing homes', said Senior Consultant Peter Barker. `Patients present a wide range of dependencies, so it is critical that doorsets within hospital environments serve their purpose with respect to fire resistance and compartmentation to allow for phased evacuation.` CIF will bring Fire Doors for the Health Sector Explained to the workplace, to present an overview of fire door design, manufacture, testing, installation and certification, including a site tour, unique to this course. The programme also includes background to regulatory requirements, including the role of the breadth of design options on offer and ensures that appropriate styles are selected for different applications. The brochure marks the broadening of the Knightsbridge family of reclining chairs with the launch of the Langley, a compact and lightweight recliner with integral foot-rest. This makes its debut appearance alongside the company's comprehensive selection of upholstered seating, where features like awards for the heating and ventilation industries, recognising companies for their skill and innovation. We are delighted that our new HDC Condensing Water Heater won an award and I would like to thank everyone at Rinnai who were involved in making this product such a success." Launched onto the UK market this year, the HDC Condensing Water Heater range offers versatile, technologically advanced, temperature priority hot water. Rinnai's unique condensing technology incorporates two heat exchangers to achieve optimum water heating generated from every cubic metre of Natural Gas or fire doors in progressive horizontal evacuation (Firecode ­ fire safety in the NHS (HTM 05-02) and the effect of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order, with plenty of time for discussion. The training day has been snapped up by healthcare professionals, including facilities and property managers, fire officers, building contractors and installers. To book a session, contact the CIF Consultancy team on 01494 569833 or email [email protected] Chiltern International Fire (CIF) has also published a free Technical Information Sheet TI-1014 Fire doors for the health sector. To obtain a copy email [email protected] quoting HEJ-0410. ENQUIRY NO. 280 waterfall seats, minimised stitching and variable seat depths/heights ensure a perfect blend of comfort, style and function. For hygienecritical areas, a gap between seat and back avoids the creation of potential contamination pockets, whilst seat cushions are removable for cleaning and polished wood frames are treated with an anti-bacterial finish. All Knightsbridge patient and ward seating is available with a variety of weight distribution cushions to help prevent the development of pressure ulcers by less mobile patients. Other options highlighted in the new guide include the wide selection of upholstery materials and woodstains. LPG. Compact in size, measuring only 654mm high x 470mm wide x 257mm wide, the wall-mounted water heaters come as Internal and External models, in 1500 and 1200 versions. ENQUIRY NO.

More Animated Films for Patients

CHILTERN INTERNATIONAL FIRE (CIF), with sister company BM TRADA Certification, has developed an `on the road' seminar day, tailored to the demands of the health sector. Through working closely with health sector professionals, CIF has identified `a number of fire safety challenges

New Guide to Furniture

New from KNIGHTSBRIDGE FURNITURE is an easy-reference guide to the company's collections of patient and ward furniture. Featuring chairs and recliners, bedside lockers, wardrobes and over-bed tables, the guide is designed to aid the decisionmaking process for specifiers working in the acute-care sector. A pictorial overview of all the models available in each product range illustrates clearly

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RINNAI UK picked up the prize for Industrial/Commercial Heating Product of the Year the H&V News Awards 2010 Rinnai UK are proud to announce that its innovative HDC series of Condensing Water Heaters won the Industrial/Commercial Heating Product of the Year Award (sponsored by RAC magazine) in this year's H&V Awards. Presented with the Award at a glamorous awards ceremony, held at the Grosvenor House Hotel, London, on Thursday 29 April 2010, Rinnai UK's Managing Director, Geoff Hobbs, said: "The H&V News Awards are the most prestigious Over 60 TIGER RACK modular shelving units have created essential storage space at the new £10.5 million Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (CEH) research facility at Wallingford in Oxfordshire. With a contract value in excess of £20,000, the polypropylene-coated shelving has the hygienic and easy-to-clean properties that are an important consideration in the work of CEH. Widely regarded as the UK's centre of excellence for integrated research into land and freshwater ecosystems ­ and part of

Following the success of two animated films enabling patients to watch their procedures in advance of their operations, films of three further procedures are now available to hospitals, in the UK and overseas. Developed in conjunction with HEALTH ENTERPRISE EAST (HEE), the regional NHS Innovation Hub, the short films were created with input from doctors at The Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust in Harlow, Essex. The three procedures now available for purchase are Endovascular Aneurysm Surgery, Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy (Gall Bladder removal) and Laparoscopic Hernia Repair. The animations have been designed to tell patients in a clear and informative way what their forthcoming procedure will involve and provide a helpful insight into what happens both during and after the operation. Darren Leech, Executive Director of Delivery at the Trust said: "From talking to patients who have received clear preoperative information - including watching the first two animated films in this series for Total Knee Replacement and Total Hip Replacement - it is clear that they are less anxious and therefore make a swifter recovery. These animations illustrate to patients the possible implications of their surgery so they come in prepared. We hope that by informing patients in this way will lead to an earlier discharge from hospital". HEE helped The Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust to negotiate a licence agreement allowing the Indian production company, ComartOne, to sell the films to other hospitals, with a percentage of revenue coming back to the Trust.

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the National Environment Research Council ­ CEH employs 450 people at five major sites in England, Scotland and Wales.

The new 3,300 square-metre research facility at Wallingford includes high-grade laboratory space for chemistry and molecular biology. It is on this site where Tiger Rack hygienic shelving is providing essential storage support facilities. Alex Reeve, an Associate with architects R H Partnership of Cambridge, London and Brighton, is clear why Tiger Rack was specified for the CEH project: "We chose Tiger Rack primarily for its cleanability and to avoid corrosion in cold rooms," said Alex. "Ease of installation was another factor. On this project, it was

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undertaken by the main building contractor." Commenting on the CEH contract, Doity Engineering Managing Director, Alan Kershaw, said: "The initial enquiry for the CEH laboratory project came from a company called Waldner. Tiger Rack was specified as the racking system of choice, no matter which company won the tender to handle the overall project. As a vote of confidence, it doesn't come much better than that!" To find out more about Tiger Rack, visit www.tiger-rack.com ENQUIRY NO.

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whilst they practised their shooting. Day three was a more relaxed affair for the budding footballers, as they took in the sights of Hong Kong and then dined at the exclusive China Club for a lunch hosted by Sir David Tang, the President of the Hong Kong Down's Syndrome Association. The much-anticipated round-robin tournament took place on Day four and saw the Badgers firstly take on the HK Crusaders. Leading 2-1 for the majority of the game, the team were unfortunately beaten by two late goals and lost 3-2. The Badgers efforts were also not enough to defeat the strong HK Dragons side that went on to win the tournament. Down's syndrome football was the main winner with all sides taking part winning medals. Tim Nicholls, HK DSA volunteer coach said: "Staging the tournament was a considerable feat. One of the difficulties that Down's syndrome kids face is they tend to get very emotional and can't concentrate well. Space is also a difficult concept for them, so they may find changes so many people so I'd like to take of direction and control of the ball this opportunity to again thank hard." everybody who has contributed to "But it's amazing what some of the making this happen. To raise over £60,000 in five months is an amazing players can do. People don't have achievement and everyone involved much expectation but some guys are really good". in this should be very proud. I hope Football is a surprisingly effective that this trip will inspire others to treatment for people with Down follow our lead and continue to improve the opportunities available syndrome, said Nicholls, explaining that it is a comprehensible game for young people with Down's Fulham Football Club's Down's syndrome. As a Foundation, we will that encourages teamwork, fitness syndrome football team, The use this trip as a benchmark of what and communication. "Everyone Fulham Badgers, returned home this can be achieved and I look forward understands the concept of scoring weekend after an unforgettable time to pioneering other initiatives across a goal. I've been coaching the Hong in Hong Kong. The 14 young players our broad work areas in the near Kong Down Syndrome Association and their parents touched down in team for two years and from the future." the UK on Saturday, following a feedback from parents, the kids' Nigel R Merritt, the Chairman of week of learning, football matches confidence has grown, and they the HKFC Mini, Junior and Youth and sightseeing. are more sociable." "It's important Football Development Programme The pioneering trip, the first of its for people with Down syndrome to commented: "This (has been) a kind made by a UK based Down's exercise as much as possible because unique and special event and the syndrome team, was funded by the they have a lower metabolism and first of its kind in Hong Kong (and Fulham Football Club Foundation, possibly Asia) and we hope that this are usually slightly overweight." Fulham FC supporters, businesses Patricia James, Corporate will mark the beginning of future and friends and family who managed partnership opportunities for further Manager for the Down's Syndrome to raise over £60,000. It came as the Association that partners the FFC expansion of this type of event in return leg of the trip carried out by Foundation in developing the both Hong Kong and the UK." the Hong Kong Dragons to Craven Badgers team, was also on the trip The Fulham Badgers started the Cottage in May 2009. and commented: "The Fulham FC week with a warm welcome to the Steven Day, CEO of the Fulham Foundation, Down's Syndrome Cosmopolitan Hotel where they FC Foundation said: "Our weekstayed for the duration of their visit. Association, parents, players long trip with the Fulham Badgers and partners both in the UK and This followed with some practical to Hong Kong has been a great skills sessions, a dance and exercise Hong Kong pulled together to success. The visit has given the create the trip of a lifetime for the class hosted by the Hong Kong young people and their parents an Fulham Badgers. The end result Down's Syndrome Association and experience they will never forget was a fantastic experience that a pottery workshop. The second and has demonstrated the impact that day saw the Badgers battle thirty has left all parties involved with our work can have on individual's special memories, including new degree heat whilst getting involved lives. Our partnership with the friendships between the Badgers, in training at the Hong Kong FC Down Syndrome Association has Dragons and Crusaders. ground. The Badgers were joined seen the Fulham Badgers go from The Down's Syndrome Association in this session by the Hong Kong strength to strength and is a great will continue to support the Fulham Dragons and Hong Kong FC example of how we have used Badgers and other teams in the UK Crusaders, whom they were to play sport to have a positive impact on through the DSActive programme. in the tournament. Professional the lives of young people and their The DSA aims to continue to grow goalkeepers from Hong Kong FC families. The trip would not have and expand upon the football also attended the session, spending been possible without the help of opportunities for people with valuable time with the youngsters

Down's syndrome throughout the UK and on an international platform as part of the DSActive. We are proud to have been a partner in the Fulham Badgers trip to Hong Kong and, on a personal note, are inspired to continue to build DSActive and other DSA programmes that benefit everyone with Down's syndrome. It has been a privilege to support the Fulham Bagders." The memories that the Fulham Badgers now have of their time over in Hong Kong, is something they will cherish for a long time to come. The hard work and dedication shown by all of the staff, partners, children and parents is a credit to not only the Fulham FC Foundation, but to the Football Club as a whole. Parents that ventured to Asia on the trip with their `Badgers' were grateful to have been able to take part in something as unique as this experience. Bill Kesby, Parent of Jamie Kesby said: "What a wonderful trip. Both Jamie and I had a marvellous time. High points ­ City tour in the open window trams, the Ferry Crossing between the Island and the Mainland, the Floating restaurant and the China Club meals. Richard the tour guides informative commentaries, the Racing, but above all the Football tournament and the celebrations when they scored their goals. There were no low points unless you consider coming home, but that only goes to show how good the trip had been." Craig (parent) & Daniel Morris (Badger) said: "The trip to Hong Kong was fantastic, not only did Daniel and the Badgers get to experience playing the Dragons and the Crusaders at the wonderful HKFC facilities, they were able to see the many sides of Hong Kong life and the development and support for those with special needs in their community. Daniel has developed some great new friendships from the trip and has returned home full of confidence and news of the activities that he has been sharing with his family and friends for the last 3 days. For me it was great to see Daniel integrate with his peers, the Badgers is a unique setup that gives all young people with Down's Syndrome the opportunity to participate in an activity they all love with no pressures and expectations other than to enjoy playing football. It is a real treat and honour for both of us to feel we are a part of this Group. A Huge Huge thank you to all of you at Motspur Park with the Foundation and Fulham Football Club and the DSA. Your hard work in setting up the trip and then executing is an achievement that all of the staff should be very proud of." ENQUIRY NO.

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Power Electrics Generators Wins Major Maintenance Contract

POWER ELECTRICS GENERATORS, the UK's leading independent supplier of specialist generators for sale, service and rental has been awarded a two-year contract to maintain all standby generators at the three hospitals making up Oxford Radcliffe Hospitals NHS Trust ­ John Radcliffe, Churchill & Horton General Hospitals. The contract involves the major and minor servicing of all LEGRAND, a world specialist in products and systems for electrical installations and information networks, has further enhanced its provision of products for the healthcare sector by launching a range of sockets that meet the requirements stipulated in the Medical Electrical Installation Guidance Notes (MEIGaN). The range, which is an addition to the company's successful Synergy range of wiring devices, incorporates 1 and 2 gang Isolated Power Supply (IPS) clean earth sockets in both switched and unswitched forms. The products the hospitals' generators which range from 7kVA to 2000kVA. Power Electrics will provide temporary generators to support the critical site load whilst undertaking the major services ­ a stringent regime that takes hospital power protection a step further than most maintenance regimes. Over the two year contract Power Electrics will provide a 24/7, two hour emergency onsite response by an engineer. Using Power Electrics own load banks each temporary generator will be tested for four hours before connection to the critical site load. After each service and before reconnecting to the critical site load the generator is tested using Power Electrics Load banks for five hours. Leigh Preece, Power Electrics Service Sales Manager commented: "This critical application is a significant contract for the Power Electrics service department and demonstrates its ongoing commitment to providing a specialised service". ENQUIRY NO.

CIAT Ozonair Launch New Range

Legrand Launches Sockets

A Fashion Classic

can play a part in the fight against infection control. In regards to our MEIGaN sockets, we have ensured are manufactured with dark blue coated stainless steel front plates and they have been designed with no gaps or indents where germs and engraved with white lettering that bacteria could gather." reads Medical Equipment Only. Legrand marketing manager, Caroline Boden said: "MEIGaN was published in order to give healthcare organisations clear and very strict guidance in regards to permanent electrical wiring and installation in new, refurbished or upgraded healthcare establishments and transportable treatment rooms. "One of the key benefits of it is that the electrical products now being installed have been specifically designed for healthcare use and so ENQUIRY NO. 287 outlines for the P785 were put on the table we all recognised they were something special. The response from the Healthcare Market has been phenomenal and it has gone on to be one of our best sellers. What makes the P785 so popular is its broad appeal, it represents a more fashionable take on workwear, so is popular with all members of staff, yet it is also very smart and professional so the management also give it their seal of approval. Perhaps best of all, the cut and the length of the tunic mean that is a very flattering shape for all." The design has been modified over the past few years, for example with the incorporation of a waterproof pen pocket. In order to speed up the turnaround of orders Grahame Gardner now stock an extended range of colour combinations. The P785 tunic is available from £16.95 (plus VAT). ENQUIRY NO. 288

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Some uniform styles come and go but GRAHAME GARDNER's P785 is displaying all the signs of enduring popularity associated with a classic style. After being developed for the fashion focused Beauty Market, Grahame Gardner soon found interest for the tunic coming from the Healthcare Market ­ where it continues to be a hit! The classic style boasts a mandarin style collar and side opening detail, with attractive pearl studs and a tri-button internal security feature. Simon Ward, Sales Director comments on the ongoing success of this style: "We design new tunics throughout the year, but when the Mainline gives hospitals flexible access to mains power and eliminates potential room layout/ usage restrictions caused by fixed power outlets Mainline is a new, innovative, trackbased mains power distribution solution which gives hospital staff quick, easy and flexible access to vital mains power. Launched in the UK by specialist technology distributor STELJES, Mainline is an extremely flexible, multi award-winning (Red Dot Design Award in the Architectural category and Australian International Design Award in the

CIAT OZONAIR Ltd have launched a new range of highly efficient Dynaciat Power water-cooled water chillers that provide significant savings in energy consumption - up to 25% compared to previous models. With cooling capacities from 220 to 720 kW and heating capacities from 250 to 800 kW, the new range provides an optimal solution for all cooling and heating applications in private and public offices, healthcare facilities, commercial premises and apartment buildings. Dynaciat Power units are designed to be installed in equipment rooms that are protected against freezing temperatures and inclement weather. They are optimised to run with the ozone-friendly HFC refrigerant R410A and thereby meet the most demanding environmental protection and high season energy efficiency (ESEER) requirements. The units feature hermetic scroll-type compressors with brazed-plate chilled-water evaporators and brazed-plate hot-water condensers as standard and are available in a choice of acoustic configurations. Control is by means of CIAT Connect 2 controller with auto adaptive functions and master/slave management for two units.

Mains Power Flexibility

Housing and Building category) mains power distribution system. In hospitals where Mainline is installed, power outlets can be quickly, simply and safely added or moved without the potential lifethreatening delay, inconvenience and expense associated with calling in a qualified electrician. Adding a new mains power outlet is achieved simply by inserting a Mainline outlet adaptor into the appropriate section of track, then twisting the adaptor clockwise to lock it into place ­ which also makes the outlet "live. Similarly, a user can instantly reposition or remove power

sockets anywhere along the length of a section of track, simply by turning the adaptor anti-clockwise. Equally suitable for installation in new build or refurbished hospitals, Mainline can be fitted either as a "stand-alone" or integrated into skirting boards, chair rails or along work surfaces. Mainline conforms to all relevant BS standards (incl BS EN 61534-1, BS EN 61534-21 and BS EN 609991, and BS 1363-2: 1995+A1,A2 and BS 5733: 1995+A1,A2 ), and can be installed around corners and painted or finished to match, if required.

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EcoTunnel System

GIRBAU UK has launched a revolutionary new batch washing system aimed at smaller hospital laundries for which the high productivity, low operating costs and environmental benefits of tunnel washing technology have previously been unavailable. The new EcoTunnel System is a smaller, high efficiency fivecompartment development of Girbau's acclaimed TBS-50 batch washing system, used successfully in larger commercial laundries

(processing 1000kg or more per hour) worldwide. Hospitals needing to process around 250 to 500kg per hour can now leverage the outstanding efficiency benefits of batch washing, which compared to using conventional washer extractors typically enables energy savings of 80%, water savings of 75% and 50% savings in labour and detergent costs. "The EcoTunnel System is a breakthrough in laundry equipment that delivers huge energy-saving

and efficiency benefits, lower carbon emissions and reduced environmental impact," says Peter Marsh, managing director of Girbau UK. "This is a truly unique system that allows hospitals to make retrofit of mechanical digital locks possible in a matter of minutes. They also allow for quick on-door code change, where previously the mechanical locks would need to be removed from the door to make a code change. The lock also features two release terminals as standard. The first terminal can be used to open the lock from a reception desk. The second can be linked to an alarm system, which when activated by a momentary contact, will release the door for 30 minutes. The CL2255 is a medium duty electronic lock with a knob handle on both sides incorporating a

dramatic savings in energy and water consumption as well as labour costs." Design features unique to Girbau mean that the EcoTunnel System delivers premium quality laundering and minimal abrasion for longer linen life. In addition the EcoTunnel System has uniform compartment size and water content analysis in every compartment ­ which ensures the system will not block. The MediSpec version also provides verified disinfection. ENQUIRY NO.

Joint Clothing Operation

Saving Lock Maintenance

Upgrade and replacement of damaged mechanical digital locks at Worcester Royal Hospital has led facilities managers on site to specify the CL2255 electronic lock from CODELOCKS. The CL2255 electronic codelocks have been installed on several office doors, where access is limited to staff only. They have replaced single code mechanical locks which had become increasingly problematic to service and maintain with the demands of busy departments. Designed as a retrofit to basic common digital mechanical locks, the CL2255 has the same fixing points, making upgrade and

mechanical key override. The lock has 15 programming functions all master code controlled and can store up to 80 different user codes. Further information is available on the company's website www. codelocks.co.uk.

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DICKIES, manufacturers and suppliers of safety workwear for all trades and professions, have appointed healthcare clothing specialists AWB Textiles as its sole UK distributor for a range of medical scrubs and uniforms which has been specially formulated between the two companies. The range is being marketed to AWB Textiles' solidly established customer base of NHS and private sector hospitals and clinics. Dickies brand of high quality, hard wearing medical garments comes in a variety of styles and contemporary colours with innovative design features which provide maximum protection and a top professional image at all times. Colours are chosen to complement each other and can be mixed and matched to coordinate with a corporate image or surgery décor, and all garments can be personalised with embroidered names or logos. At the Dickies' UK headquarters in Radstock, Somerset, there is a manufacturing facility and a 100,000 sq ft distribution centre that manages over 2 million products each year. The company's workwear products are available at over 4,000 outlets throughout the UK and Ireland with others now expanding into Europe and the Middle East. Family owned and operated AWB Textiles, which is based in Bude, Cornwall, has been a leading supplier of re-useable hospital textiles, scrub suits and patient wear to the healthcare market for over 60 years. For more information visit: www.dickiesworkwear.com and www.awbtextiles.co.uk ENQUIRY NO.

feature a 32 amp circuit with high integrity earth. As part of the hospital's specification, both ring MODULAR WIRING SYSTEMS, This state of the art facility will and radial circuits were utilised. a subsidiary of electrical cable accommodate consulting rooms, Unlike traditional fixed installations, manufacturer Tratos Ltd., has in-patient rooms, day-care pods, which are labour intensive, offer designed, manufactured and an operating theatre department, as supplied modular distribution well as a host of support services. It little in flexibility and remain costly, modular wiring systems systems for the new Spire Shawfair is owned by Spire Healthcare, the allow for a complete installation, Park Hospital in Edinburgh. second largest provider of private from the distribution board to the A private healthcare in hospital due to the UK with 36 furthest point of a circuit, by simply open in Spring private hospitals connecting the system components together. 2010, Spire nationwide. For more information, please contact Shawfair Park The LV Modular Wiring Systems on 01753 comprises a two distribution 566700 or [email protected], or storey private systems go to www.modularwiring.com day-surgery manufactured hospital totalling by Modular 4,000m2. Wiring Systems ENQUIRY NO. 293

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Radio-Tech's New Wireless Range

Wireless telemetry specialist RADIO-TECH has developed a new and innovative wireless environmental monitoring system that measures energy efficiency and building performance and is specifically designed to meet standards specified by the Energy Savings Trust. Radio-Tech's products have already been selected as the primary data collection system for both the EST's Solid Wall Insulation field trials and the Technology Strategy Board's `Retrofit for the Future' project. Radio-Tech's products measure building data through a range of wireless sensors positioned throughout a property. As the entire system is totally wireless it requires

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no field programming and can be installed with minimal disruption to occupants. Sensors monitor variables such as internal and external temperature and humidity, surface temperature, carbon dioxide levels, window and door openings, electricity, gas and water consumption. Through partnerships with industry-leading specialists, Radio-Tech can also offer heat flux, light and electrical power sensing equipment. Collecting such environmental data can provide valuable information about building construction and performance that can affect the future of low impact building development in the

UK. For more information about Radio-Tech's new environmental monitoring range, please visit the company website at www.radiotech.co.uk or call +44 (0)1279 635849

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Welcome To The Third Dimension

projected with the aid of a single projector and active glasses. Special screens and filters are not required, similarly an emitter to synchronise the glasses is not required. This inexpensive 3D projection system will benefit users in many areas for instance education, engineering, architecture and design. Traditional 3D projection technology requires two projectors, one for the left eye and one for the right. Both devices must be precisely aligned in a time-consuming process and users require special filters and potentially also a special screen. In the educational sector, this process Manager for Worthing and Southland Hospitals, who recognised several of the common deficiencies associated with blood banks which were described by Mr. Holloway. "Next Controls Systems contribution in giving us a better understanding of the regulators thinking toward temperature storage and monitoring of medical products was immense", said Mr. Robinson. Next Control Systems' Tutela Monitoring Service is fully compliant with the NHS N3 communications network access, it automatically records temperature, humidity and other data which is stored electronically for up to 30 years. A fully manned, 24/7 alarm product, combines two major functions; assembling the product's individual components and then packing and sealing it. Until now, Owen Mumford has employed two different machines to complete these stages but the new assembly machine links both processes together, ensuring even greater efficiency. The original concept came from the engineering user-friendly control of the display features. The PA271W has built-in colour space emulation modes such as sRGB, DCI, DICOM or RECBT709 for outstanding performance with specialised applications. The MultiProfiler software can adapt these settings very conveniently from the PC as well as configure the programmable USB hub or the picture-in-picture function. The features of the PA271W are optimised for the needs of professional users, who are seeking the highest personal productivity is often too expensive and the set-up is too sophisticated. With DLP® Link technology, a single projector produces the images for both eyes. The impression of 3D is created by the interaction with the active LCD shutter glasses. This solution is cheaper and more user-friendly than traditional 3D stereoprojection. The NP115, NP210 and NP216 feature low power consumption which can be reduced even further using the Eco mode. Further information can be found online at: www.nec-displaysolutions.com ENQUIRY NO.

No Unnecessary Alarm

The NP115 and NP210 projectors from NEC DISPLAY SOLUTIONS are now capable of displaying images in 3D. Their DLP Link technology with a refresh rate of 120Hz allows 3D images to be A damning indictment of the state of the cold chain involved in the movement and storage of pharmaceutical products has been given by Ian Holloway, Medicines & Healthcare Product Regulatory Agency manager of the UK Defective Medicines Report Centre. An expert in drug safety, he told an audience of nearly seventy medical experts at a educational study day organised by NEXT CONTROL SYSTEMS that regulators were increasingly concerned that cold chain products were being damaged by unacceptable temperatures and humidity during shipment or storage. The event was chaired by Malcolm Robinson, Blood Transfusion Cutting edge design and technology have always played a key role in OWEN MUMFORD's enviable success and the arrival of an innovative new assembly machine this June is a fine example of this. Tailor-made to Owen Mumford's exact specifications, the new automatic machine designed for Unistik 3, the company's award-winning blood sampling

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monitoring service is in place to notify their customers when equipment malfunctions and helps deliver solutions to monitoring issues which are both complaint and fully validated. Anyone wishing to obtain copies of the study day material should visit www.tutelamedical.com where the information is freely available. ENQUIRY NO. 297 team at Owen Mumford, led by Mike Bridgman, General Manager of the Lancet Production division and after five years of planning and development with designers in France, Owen Mumford is thrilled to welcome the new machine to its site in Oxfordshire. Mike Bridgman said: "This will make a significant difference to volume and efficiency with an overall increase of 30% in the production of Unistik 3 units. Since I began working for Owen Mumford, over 11 years ago, our figures have increased seven-fold with hundreds of millions of Unistik devices now manufactured every year." ENQUIRY NO. 298 with accurate, error-free image certainty. The integrated ambient light sensor automatically adapts the screen brightness to the existing

As part of its programme of working toward the total elimination of false alarms in automatic fire protection installations, an issue which is of particular importance in the healthcare sector, SIEMENS Building Technologies Fire Safety is offering a unique Guarantee Against False Alarms, backed by a financial compensation scheme, for systems that use its Sinteso fire detectors. In the UK during 2008, there were no fewer than 288,000 false alarms generated by automatic fire protection systems. To help eliminate these problems, the latest Sinteso fire detectors from Siemens have been designed specifically to eliminate the risk of false alarms, even in "difficult" applications. So confident is Siemens about the false alarm performance of these novel detectors that it is offering them, as standard, along with its ground-breaking Guarantee Against False Alarms (GAFA). Under the terms of the GAFA, if a Sinteso detector is shown to be responsible for a false fire alarm notification leading to a fire brigade call out, Siemens will pay a financial penalty to compensate the user, provided that the detector has been used in a system that has been properly designed, installed and maintained. To achieve their outstanding discrimination against false alarms, Sinteso detectors use patented Advanced Signal Analysis technology in conjunction with multiple sensors within the detector. Visit [email protected] to find out more. lighting conditions, with the ergonomic stand offering 150mm height adjustment and full pivot capability. The large 16:9 format with 2560x1440 resolution offers a huge visual bandwidth for an unrivalled overview of important data and display information. The Backlight Ageing Correction function stabilises brightness as well as white point drift by compensating the natural ageing of the CCFL backlights. The DisplayPort digital interface supports higher bandwidths, facilitates unsurpassed colour depth and offers peace of mind with future proof technology. ENQUIRY NO. ENQUIRY NO.

NEC Expands Series

With the MultiSync PA271W NEC DISPLAY SOLUTIONS is launching its first 27" LCD desktop product. With a professional, 10bit P-IPS performance panel, the display boasts a generous resolution of 2,560 x 1,440 pixels, a 3D LUT for colour space emulation, and 14-bit LUT** for smoothest colour control. This feature set makes the display ideal for advanced graphics and video editing, for detail-rich imaging in medical contexts or for precision industrial applications. The MultiProfiler software, supplied free of charge, facilitates

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