Yorkshire-based Innova Care Concepts has partnered with Dutch manufacturer, Weber Hospital Systems, to bring the Bed Washing System to the UK hospital market. With this collaboration, the companies set out to automate the cleaning and disinfection of beds, mattresses, and other equipment across NHS and private hospitals.
With the system already in use in hospitals across Europe, Innova and Weber Hospital Systems are now making the innovative technology available in the United Kingdom. The launch aims to support continued efforts to reduce the number of healthcare-associated infections, improve patient safety, enhance hygiene and infection control procedures, and reduce staff time spent on cleaning.
The Bed Washing System is an automated washing system that uses steam and precision robotics to provide thermal cleaning and disinfection. Every six minutes, the system can deliver a fully disinfected hospital bed and mattress ready for immediate use. Cleaning hospital beds by hand reduces micro-organisms by only 35%. The Bed Washing System is proven to reduce bacteria by up to 99%!
Uniquely, the Bed Washing System does not require use of chemical cleaning agents. Therefore, it is suitable for processing high-end IPX4 beds with advanced electronics as well as traditional washable hospital beds. Research shows that these beds can be processed at the lowest possible Total Cost of Ownership (TCO).
Sander Hummeling, Global Sales Director, Weber Hospital Systems said: “The Covid-19 pandemic has highlighted that cross-contamination and infection are still a significant risk within hospitals.
“There is a strong motivation to further improve hygiene processes to better organise and guarantee safety for patients and employees. We are therefore very pleased that we have found a partner who will help us achieve our goals.
“We have every confidence in our cooperation with Innova Care Concepts and are convinced of the knowledge and skills of this well-established company.”
Bob Oliver, Commercial Director, Innova Care Concepts, added: “We are always looking for the latest innovations in healthcare.
“Currently, hospitals in the UK mostly clean their beds and mattresses manually. However, because they come into direct contact with each patient, these items are high risk for cross-contamination. So, relying on manual cleaning is potentially dangerous for patients and staff.
“An automated and validated cleaning and disinfection system can take hygiene procedures to the next level. We are very pleased to begin our partnership with Weber Hospital Systems. The Bed Washing System is a unique product which expands our range in the hospital sector.”