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Spotlight on the NHS A clean and lean approach

Brian Boll, Systems Director, Jigsaw Cleaning Systems explains why the healthcare industry needs to employ the latest technology, in light of recent reform.

The healthcare industry is going through its biggest reform in decades with an increased emphasis on efficient methodologies against a backdrop

of shrinking resources and funding.

There is now not only a need for a clean healthcare industry, but a clean and lean healthcare industry and that is the reason we have created an industry blog -

The blog highlights the issues facing healthcare organisations and features regular articles from the leading names in the industry with varying sector statistics and opinion polls.

The idea was to highlight the issues the industry faces and a forum to share best

practice and trends in the industry. This at a time when the sector is facing an increasing amount of issues, not least the continued drive to reduce water usage.

This is a key objective in the sector and as modern cleaning techniques develop, it makes sense to use the opportunity to reduce the vast amounts of water being used in hospitals, health centres and ancillary buildings.

Indeed, demand for water in the UK is predicted to rise by as much as 30% by the year 2030 according to the Government and, coupled with the current public sector spending cutbacks, this means we should be thinking about efficiencies all round.

Water reduction is a key Government target, and an issue that we recognise in the healthcare cleaning industry when we are using large quantities of water in public buildings.

The sheer time that can be saved using new methods on a typical hospital ward encompassing five, six-bed bays, including communal areas, toilets and corridors, are staggering.

The amount of water needed for a ward of this size would currently be approximately 200 litres by one cleaner, which would involve the cleaner spending time emptying dirty water and replenishing with fresh water.

Using a new efficient Variwet Quick Mop system with one litre of cleaning fluid, only THREE litres of water is required. The net gain of

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applying this new approach in this typical example equates to a saving of 197 litres of water, and substantial cost savings over time.

There is also the time saved in cleaning the mops themselves, whereas the new system means it is disposed of and a new one fitted when required.

As well as the net saving, the time saved means staff can be engaged in other duties rather than continue filling and re-filling buckets of water and taking it to the area to be cleaned.

The benefits of using less water mean there are direct advantages for cleaners and the organisation, with less time re-filling the cleaning water, less lifting or awkward posture in doing so.

The floors also dry much quicker so it means there is a reduced risk of cleaners - and staff and visitors - slipping, tripping or falling as a result.

There is also a reduction in use of the hospital laundry which is often used to clean the cleaning materials themselves.

An additional benefit to cleaners is that with the vastly reduced amounts of water there is less exposure to cleaning fluids.

Overall, the advantages of employing new methods with the latest technology helps the organisation in question, the staff and visitors who use the building as well as the cleaners themselves.

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