First-of-a-kind facility provides replacement capacity for cleaning, sterilisation and repackaging of surgical instruments
Vanguard Healthcare Solutions showcased its latest mobile healthcare unit at the recent Healthcare Estates exhibition.
The innovative new mobile Central Sterile Services Department (CSSD) unit was visited by more than 350 visitors over the course of the two-day event held in Manchester.
Ian Hinett, president of the Institute of Healthcare Engineering and Estate Management (IHEEM), who was guest of honour at a special showcase launch, said: “As a growing organisation, Vanguard continues to evolve its range and increase the number of units it offers to meet the ever-evolving needs of the healthcare organisations who use its facilities.
“This unit is testament to Vanguard’s commitment to working with healthcare organisations around the world to develop and build the very products which meet their needs.”
One of the first of its kind, the unit provides a high-specification, temporary facility where all items used in procedures by hospital surgeons and clinical staff can be intensively cleaned and sterilised.
It can be used by hospitals during refurbishment projects, or in any circumstances where their own sterilisation services may be out of commission, including emergencies, to provide replacement capacity for the cleaning, sterilising and repackaging of surgical instruments.
The unit, which provides all required cleaning, sterilisation and repackaging services over a 120m space, includes a pre-cleaning station with a built-in ultrasonic cleaner, washer disinfectors, and steam sterilisers, a packing area, independent plant room, electronic datacentre, staff welfare areas, and HEPA-filtered environmental air.
Lindsay Dransfield, commercial director at Vanguard, said: “Our focus is always on providing the facilities that healthcare organisations need to help them deliver the very best in patient care, evolving and changing to meet their developing needs and this new solution is a prime example of that in practice.
“We were delighted with how many people took tours of facility and were able to see for themselves what a key part it can play in helping hospitals maintain or increase their sterilisation services at times of need.”