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Keeping HAIs At Bay


Why is hand hygiene so crucial to preventing the spread of HAIs? Find out with these wise words from TEAL, and discover what they're doing to help.


As the number of norovirus and other hospital acquired infection (HAI) cases begins to slow down, hospitals and healthcare organisations need to keep hand washing at the front of their minds to prevent future outbreaks. “As their weather warms, many people become less vigilant about infection control, yet washing your hands is still the best way to protect both you and patients from virulent germs,” commented Manty Stanley, Managing Director at TEAL.


“Recent statistics by Public Health England indicate that norovirus activity is low, and that the number of cases reported is at a lower level than previous years. This is great news, as we have seen a number


of hospitals launch campaigns highlighting the need to wash your hands to prevent infection outbreaks. Although it is working, we are not there yet.


“We need to ensure hand wash stations are highly visible and made clear that they are for use by everyone, not just patients and staff.” TEAL designs and manufactures a range of portable hand wash stations which require no access to mains water or drainage, so they can be easily located where they’re needed.


“Accessibility is essential, and if everyone adopts a simple hand hygiene routine of washing their hands in warm running water with soap every time they enter and exit a ward, this will improve hygiene levels and prevent further ward closures,” continued Manty. “The outbreak of HAIs and viruses such as norovirus may never be totally contained, but by educating visitors, patients and staff on the importance of hand hygiene, we can certainly minimise the number of outbreaks.”


TEAL has recently launched a new hand wash facility, designed in partnership with infection control professionals. The TEAL Stop n’Wash™ is unlike any of its predecessors, as it has been built to educate and encourage the correct hand washing procedures. Larger than alternative models, it has a synchronised display which takes users through the automatic programme


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and seven rubbing actions as laid down by NHS guidelines – this provides a 35-second, hot water, hand wash cycle which re-sets itself in 10 seconds.


Fully automatic and completely hands-free, there are no levers or taps to re-infect hands. It is also pathogen-safe if a simple hygiene cycle using 500ppm chlorine solution is carried out every 24 hours. Entirely self-contained, the TEAL Stop n’Wash™ uses twinbag TEALtainers™, which hygienically retain both fresh and waste water securely in separate 10l, heavy-duty LLDPE polyethylene bags.


Fitted with four medical castors, two lockable, it just needs a 13A power socket for operation. “The implications of poor hand hygiene can be devastating, and experts have suggested there could be over one million cases of norovirus that go unreported,” said Manty. “Since its launch last year, the TEAL Stop n’Wash™ is proving popular among hospitals who have infection control plans in place.”


TEAL has worked with medical and care organisations for over 10 years to deliver tangible solutions to hand washing needs. The TEAL Stop n' Wash™ is just one of a range of solutions available to the medical sector, including the popular Hygienius® Prowash, which is available for hire or purchase and can be delivered within 24 hours across mainland UK.


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