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Hands-free macerators help in the fight against infection


DDC Dolphin, an expert in dirty utility room equipment and services, has launched two new macerators – the Pulpmatic Ultima and Uno. This patented range of hands-free macerators aims to help break the cycle of healthcare associated infections (HCAI).


The Pulpmatic range sets new standards in the maceration of bio-degradable pulp product bedpans, bottles, vomit bowls and other similar articles with patented hands- free operation, designed to eliminate any potential patient-to-patient cross contamination.


Breaking the cycle of infection Commenting on the launch, Rob Elliott, sales and marketing director at DDC Dolphin, said: “A major challenge for hospitals and care homes is the fight against healthcare associated infections such as MRSA and C. difficile. DDC Dolphin’s mission is to prevent the transmission of infection by breaking the cycle of infection and cross- contamination. We achieve this through our technologically advanced design and engineering; our state-of-the-art equipment; our use of high-grade medical materials; our commitment to testing and quality control; as well as our comprehensive maintenance and training programmes.” Elliott continues: “We have developed a unique and patented range of completely hands-free macerators which help in the fight against healthcare associated infections in hospitals and care homes. All of our machines are manufactured using high quality medical grade stainless steel, with lids and top surrounds designed to resist contamination – even from airborne bacteria – by using silver ion nanotechnology impregnated into the lid mouldings.” Both the new Pulpmatic Uno and the Pulpmatic Ultima feature dual antimicrobial action with the latest silver nanotechnology in their lid construction, as well as offering automatic disinfection of the internal maceration chambers. The Pulpmatic range has been designed to help the fight against HCAIs, but also with the environment in


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and electricity consumption compared with washer-disinfectors, making them more environmentally friendly and efficient.


mind, incorporates unique blade technology for quieter, quicker and more efficient maceration, as well as reduced water and electricity consumption. The new range covers all hospital


requirements with the Pulpmatic Uno – a small pulp macerator used for single items which is suitable for isolation, single bed wards and low usage areas; and the Pulpmatic Ultima – a larger macerator for multiple items. The Pulpmatic range features what the company believes to be the only macerators offering totally hands-free operation by means of a foot-sensor to open the machines and an optical sensor to close and start them. The hands-free approach makes them more convenient and more hygienic to use than other macerators – a major step forward in the fight against HCAIs.


The advantage of maceration For at-risk patients, such as the elderly, effective infection prevention and the reduction of HCAIs can be life-saving and can lead to shorter hospital stays. As a result of washer disinfectors inability to completely eliminate risk of cross contamination, many UK healthcare establishments have been moving away from reusable human waste containers to disposable pulp products instead. Maceration of pulp products is widely


recognised as a reliable and safe method of waste disposal. It helps with infection control as it is based on single-use items and everything is macerated into small particles which can then be flushed into the sewerage system. Pulp macerators also work faster, saving nursing time and have reduced water


Helping to maintain an infection-free environment Once installed, it is vital that all dirty utility room equipment remains 100% effective to ensure continued infection control and the UK Care Quality Commission (CQC) has highlighted the importance of the regular preventative maintenance and testing of equipment. DDC Dolphin offers after-sales service and its specialised knowledge of the installation, testing and maintenance of all dirty utility room equipment has been developed over 20 years. All of the equipment it designs,


manufactures and supplies is WRAS certified, and uses the very best design principles and materials, such as stainless steel. A sophisticated asset management tracking system allows DDC Dolphin supervisors to know exactly where every support engineer is located at any time, maximising the responsiveness of maintenance and installation operations. This level of support is demanded by the National Health Service (NHS) in the UK, which is why many NHS establishments have turned to DDC Dolphin for advice and support in the planning, design and specifications for its dirty utility room facilities. Rob Elliott concludes: “DDC Dolphin is at


the frontline of the fight against healthcare associated infections in hospitals and care homes. We are world leading because we have a great new range of products and an extremely experienced team of people who share a vision of where we want the business to be.”


To find out more about the Pulpmatic range FREE TRIAL, contact:


DDC Dolphin Ltd The Fulcrum, Vantage Way, Poole, Dorset BH12 4NU, UK Tel: +44 (0)1202 731555 Fax: +44 (0)1202 731666 Email: info@ddcdolphin.co.uk Web: www.ddcdolphin.co.uk


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