Hy-Vac Fluid Disposal System


An innovative fluid disposal system capable of saving hospitals thousands of pounds as well as benefiting staff working practices and the environment.

 

Overview:

An innovative fluid disposal system capable of saving hospitals thousands of pounds (potentially £75,000 per operating theatre over five years) as well as benefiting staff working practices and the environment. Translated nationally, this means potential savings of £10M annually.

Problem:

It is estimated that NHS Trusts generate 193,000 tonnes of clinical waste every year with this including blood, human tissue and drugs. It is therefore vital that our healthcare environments are disposing of this waste in the most efficient and effective way possible.

Existing fluid disposal methods from operating theatres often see it taken to landfill or incineration. This procedure involves the waste collected into plastic containers, which when full are in turn put into yellow waste bins and taken away to be disposed at either landfill sites or incineration plants. Financially this is an expensive solution with a very poor environmental outcome. The current disposal system involves operating theatre technicians physically lifting and handling the containers which can be heavy and inconvenient at a cost to their physical welfare. The containers have the potential for cross-contamination as they are prone to leak on handling and may require stabilising. Overfill and the clear up of existing systems of waste capture has meant staff are often drawn away from their primary objective of patient care.

Solution:

A teaching hospital wanted to eliminate the issues already highlighted in existing methods of collecting waste from a patient during surgery. It developed a pilot unit successfully to enable the waste from the patient to be sent to the hospital drain rather than sent to landfill or for incineration. The Hy-Vac fluid disposal system is used predominantly for urology and orthopaedic theatres but can be used quite readily in other disciplines. The system is easy to use with minimal set up before an operation. The system functions using clear push button LCD display to walk the operator through the key steps of the unit’s cycle during an operation. It incorporates a final automatic cleaning cycle using a validated detergent which ensures security for theatre staff and patient alike with minimal clean down before, during and after an operation. The system also means that moving and handling issues associated with disposing of containers and yellow waste bags are eliminated, thereby potentially reducing staff injuries associated with this.

Technical Features:

  • Function: continuous vacuum suction of waste from operation area on patient
  • Installation: wall mounted
  • Emergency stop
  • Electrical safety cut-out
  • Power supply required: 240V mains
  • CE marked

Pricing and Availability:

           Pleaase contact - Terry Corbitt  terry.corbitt@medipex.co.uk
           Senior Innovation Manager

 

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