Hospital to showcase latest infection busting equipment

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The latest potential weapons in the fight to defeat hospital infections will be on show at Southampton’s teaching hospitals on Wednesday.

Staff, patients and visitors will be able to feed back their comments on prototypes of innovative new hospital furniture and equipment specifically designed to minimise the spread of healthcare associated infections (HCAIs).

The prototypes, which were launched by the Design Council, include a 21st century commode, an intelligent mattress, a unique patient chair and a radical new patient bedside system.

Cutting edge techniques have been used to rethink the bedside environment, patient transport and everyday medical equipment, making them much easier to clean.

The equipment is also designed to influence patient and staff behaviour to reduce the likelihood of exposure to infections.

The Design Council was commissioned to lead the development project by the Department of Health as part of the HCAI Technology Innovation Programme and, through a national competition, the council appointed some of the UK’s top designers and manufacturers to work on the furniture.

Julie Brooks, infection prevention nurse, said: “Any new tools that can help the drive to combat hospital infections are welcome and we are pleased to be at the forefront of trialling and testing new products and equipment.”

Southampton University Hospitals NHS Trust is one of seven national Showcase Hospitals taking part in the Design Bugs Out Showcase Hospital exhibition tour. The hospitals are responsible for trialling and evaluating new technologies under the HCAI Technology Innovation Programme.

Staff, patients and visitors are all urged to view the inventive designs at Southampton General Hospital’s clinical skills area on B level, South Academic Block, between 10am and 4:30pm.

Posted on Tuesday 12 May 2009