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Hospital waste collection of tomorrow is here today

Hospital waste collection of tomorrow is here today

Waste collection within hospitals is now a priority. Hospitals across the globe are striving to improve infection control, reduce operational cost and enhance the environment for patients, staff and visitors.

However, when hospitals generate up to 34 pounds of waste per day, per staffed bed, achieving this is no easy task – particularly against the backdrop of shrinking budgets and dwindling resources.

The waste challenges facing hospitals

  • Large hospital waste and dirty linen streams
  • Dirty material quickly piles up in soiled rooms, hallways and at the bottom of gravity chutes and loading docks
  • Traditional hospital waste bins are reliant on hospital porters to transport waste from point A to point B
  • Service elevators are used to carry dirty material down and clean material up – routinely exposing passers-by such as staff, visitors and even patients to waste
  • Waste transportation clogs up elevators, restricting their use by other members of the hospital community
  • Harmful microbes at risk of being transported through the air and by touch during the routine manual handling and transport of soiled linen

Taking the pressure off with automated hospital waste removal

Using Envac’s pneumatic waste collection system, hospitals now have the opportunity to reduce adverse risk, improve patient safety and promote satisfaction – all whilst generating significant efficiency gains.

The benefits of automated hospital waste collection

  • Waste is transported out-of-sight in a pipe network that is part of the hospital’s infrastructure and located within the fabric of the building
  • Capacity to transport waste is limitless unlike manual collection, which is dependent on the availability of waste carts – with pneumatic waste collection, waste is simply transported via airflow when required
  • Elevators are freed up for patients, staff and visitors – all of whom no longer need to be exposed to waste
  • Bin rooms are no longer required, which means additional floor space can be allocated to patient care
  • Waste is transported in minutes once the process begins, compared with all day using manual transport methods such as porters
  • Reduced staff requirements, which takes pressure off hospital budgets and resourcing
  • Increased staff productivity – staff can allocate time traditionally used to manually transport waste to other services
  • Improved aesthetics: staff, patients and visitors no longer need to see bins in and around the hospital environment

Combining attractive payback with best practice

Payback on Envac’s hospital waste collection solution is typically between 3 – 6 years, during which time hospitals can anticipate benefitting from:

  • Increased productivity
  • Better levels of infection control
  • Reduced operational cost of waste collection
  • Improved safety levels
  • Meeting regulatory standards

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