How portable hand wash units are becoming crucial during infection outbreaks – including coronavirus

Regular hand washing with soap and water “the most effective method”

How portable hand wash units are becoming crucial during infection outbreaks – including coronavirus

Coronavirus, now named Covid-19, is rapidly spreading across the globe, making effective hand hygiene measures even more important than ever. Portable hand washing stations are becoming an important part of the strategy, according to a recent report on the Clinical Services Journal (CSJ) website.

Washing with soap and water is by far the most effective way of controlling the spread of the infection says the article on the grounds that NHS advice “…warns about any reliance on alcohol hand gels as they don’t kill the virus”.

Hand washing should occur as a highest priority, particularly at certain times, notably:

“Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.”

Deploying handwash stations at the point of need

The other crucial part of the equation is for hand washing facilities to be available where they’re actually needed. Which is why hospitals around the UK are now making effective use of portable units.

Perhaps the highest profile example is Arrowe Park Hospital in the Wirral, which is managing the quarantine of people recently flown back from China. The Department of Health and Social Care designated it an “isolation” facility in a coronavirus statement a few days ago.

The Hospital recently purchased three MediWash portable handwash units (shown above). “Two are being used in the residential isolation block and the other in the ‘pod’ that is being used to test for the virus” advises the article. The infection control aspect is greatly enhanced by the video screen hand washing instructions and the automatic sensor which activates the flow of water with the need to touch any taps.

The MediWash has also been recently supplied to Leicester Royal Infirmary, and the Royal Wolverhampton Hospital, with five Stallette portable units (shown below) reportedly going to Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge.

Isolation pods being set up

Hospitals in the UK have been required to set up isolation booths, in which patients can be situated if they are suspected to have coronavirus.

“Isolation ‘pods’ have emerged at hospitals across England as the country responds to the threat of further infection.”

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