Infection control system could save hospitals thousands of pounds
HOSPITAL and healthcare providers looking to save money while dramatically improving infection control in their setting can do both with a revolutionary new disinfection system.
Sira-Care DiffX could save hospitals or trusts hundreds of thousands of pounds, even millions, in the course of a year when used as part of a cleaning/infection control regime.
Sira-Care DiffX eliminates all surface contamination 100% and has the potential to not only revolutionise global infection control but also contribute significant financial savings. It is already used by an ever-growing number of NHS hospitals in the UK.
“When used as part of a cleaning regime it both cleans and disinfects at the same time, so there is a clear time saving,” said Simon Balderson, Sirane MD, “but it can also save money by keeping wards clean, disinfected and infection free, reducing lost bed days, the cost of decontamination, cost of antibiotics and treatments, staff sickness and agency staff.
“As it is non-corrosive it also maximises equipment use – again, leading to financial savings.”
One hospital trust in the south of England saved £150,000 during a 20-week trial in just four wards. An eight-week trial, quickly extended to 20, began in two wards at the start of November – a time when wards will traditionally come under increasing pressure as winter kicks in. The wards had experienced high infection rates the previous year.
In Ward A the amount of bed days lost fell from 353 to 177, and in Ward B fell from 36 to 0. With each lost bed day costing the trust £400, the savings quickly became significant. With each patient who picks up an infection such as MRSA or C diff in hospital costing the trust a further £4,250, the actual savings were even higher - £108,000 was the minimum saved.
The trial was then extended to two further wards, where additional savings were made.
Simon Balderson added: “The savings didn’t stop there. Instead of using a chlorine disinfectant, general purpose cleaner and wipes, at a cost of £97,000 per year, the cost of using Sira-Care DiffX was less than half – a saving of £21,714 over a 20-week period.
“So in just four wards, in 20 weeks, the trust in question saved £149,314. This would equate to £388,217 in a year, and of course most hospitals have more than four wards…
“And Sira-Care DiffX is non-corrosive. From the humble mop, which will last longer before it needs replacing, right through to the more expensive items such as a mortuary table at around £20,000 a piece, and even the fabric of the building, there are savings everywhere.”
Sira-Care DiffX truly represents a new generation of infection control. It is non-chlorine-based, non-corrosive, cleans and disinfects at the same time, and eliminates all surface contamination – including MRSA and viruses, C Diff spores, Norovirus, TB and Mycobacteria.
Organisations already using Sira-Care DiffX include: Tameside Hospital; the BUPA Cromwell Hospital; the Royal London Hospital for Integrated Medicine; Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals; the Eastman Dental Institute, and University College London Hospitals.
Jonathan Mason, Sirane business development manager, said: “Sira-Care DiffX is very simple to use. The soluble sachets are simply dissolved in warm water – and the disinfectant becomes active. Once made up the solution can be used for up to 24 hours.
“At the moment, Sira-Care DiffX is available in sachets and with a trigger spray bottle, but the next stage of our development work is to introduce a range of disinfectant wipes.
“Sira-Care DiffX will be marketed initially at hospitals, health centres and care homes, but the potential scope for the product is vast – as possible markets include anywhere that is regularly cleaned. Schools, shopping centres, airports, even businesses could benefit…”
Sirane is a highly innovative product development-to-manufacture company based in Telford, Shropshire. It has four divisions: food packaging; medical and healthcare; industrial and horticultural. The company can supply anywhere across the world.
The company is exhibiting at two regional infection control conferences next month: Infection Today 2015 on October 7th in the Midlands; and the North Wales Infection Prevention Autumn Conference 2015 at the Venue Cymru, Llandudno, on October 15th. Sirane is also exhibiting at Pharma Expo, Las Vegas, from September 28th-30th.
Sirane is also interested to hear from any potential distributors overseas, Sira-Care DiffX being just one of a number of medical products that could have global sales. Other products include BenchGuard Advanced, Safe-hold absorbent pads and pouches for diagnostic specimen transportation, Cellosene wadding, disposable absorbent non-slip theatre mats, absorbent tourniquet drapes, 95 kPa bags and dental extraction packs.