Preventing an infection is always cheaper than treating one. That’s why when renovating, hospitals are placing extra focus on hygiene.

According to a white paper in the European Cleaning Journal, “Investing in infection prevention and control in the hospital environment is one of the most cost-effective ways for hospitals to prevent extra expenditures due to healthcare-associated infections.” Which makes it easy to see why hospitals around Europe are using their renovation and refurbishment projects as opportunities to improve hygiene in their wards and operating rooms.

 Laminar flow controls the spread of bacteria

Helsingborgs Lasarett in Sweden recently underwent a total renovation. The new wards are fitted with the Oras Medipro 5510A, a single lever faucet with plenty of room under the spout. Its nickel-free pipes and laminar flow meet the hygiene guidelines of the Swedish Association for Infection Control. Laminar flow means the water is not mixed with air – this helps prevent the spread of bacteria such as legionella.

Oras Medipro 5510A with laminar flow.

Oras Medipro 5510A with laminar flow.

 

“The products need to meet these hygiene guidelines,” explains Maria Wallin, head of Heating and Sanitation at Sweco Systems. “It’s crucial that the water flow from the faucet doesn’t hit the washbasin’s drain, as there may be bacteria in the strainer that could splash up onto the basin surround.”

 

Touchless faucets minimise contact

Adjacent to each ward, a washbasin is fitted into a wall niche for the staff. These basins are fitted with the touchless Oras Electra 6334FT while washbasins in other departments have the touchless Oras Electra 6222F (new Oras product number 6222FZ). In the north wing, the touchless Oras Medipro 5521Fv with Bluetooth makes for easy monitoring and adjustments of the faucets. These faucets ensure the highest level of hygiene for the staff.

 

Oras Electra 6334FT

Oras Electra 6334FT

 

“The fact that the Medipro 5521F can also be adjusted via the Oras App is a real bonus. In addition to monitoring water consumption, the operational staff can adjust the values, set automatic flushing and more on their smartphones,” continues Maria.

 

Oras Medipro 5521F can be adjusted via the Oras App

Oras Medipro 5521F can be adjusted via the Oras App

 

Long levers ensure easy hands-free operation

One of Europe’s largest and most prestigious university hospitals, The Berlin Charité, recently underwent a renovation across its historic campus, including patient bathrooms, treatment rooms, intensive care rooms and care workspaces. Most wards are equipped with the HANSAMEDIPRO (Oras Medipro 5526B) wall fitting with loop lever, which provides hygienic operation and has a design that prevents bacteria from collecting around its edges.

These hygienic faucets contribute to making the The Berlin Charité one of the most modern university hospitals in Europe.

Wall-fitted HANSAMEDIPRO provides hygienic operation and has a design that prevents bacteria from collecting around its edges.

Wall-fitted Oras Medipro provides hygienic operation and has a design that prevents bacteria from collecting around its edges.

 

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