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Starting from a building on an industrial
estate in Kings Lynn, England, Hygiene
Solutions now has dedicated premises for
production, service, stock and customer
service, as well as offices in Australia and
the U.S. and remote working facilities across
the United Kingdom.
"We quickly identified that in order to
grow we needed to establish a culture that
focused on the support and service of our
customers," said Rick. "On this basis, we
established an organisational structure
which divided the company into five work
streams to ensure equal attention is given to
all aspects of the business.
"This structure has been foundational to
the company's growth in a market that is
saturated with large corporations and 'big
time operators'," Rick commented. "Hygiene
Solutions is focused on the development of
hospital hygiene solutions and continues to
grow its product offering, its evidence-based
solutions and its global growth strategy."
The two predominant technologies
Hygiene Solutions uses are Ultra-Violet
C Light and Hydrogen Peroxide vapour.
"We believe our services are more about
how a hospital uses our technologies, than
the technologies themselves," shared Rick.
"The more we can integrate our solutions
into the daily routines of hospitals the
more effective our efforts to reduce the
risk of patients acquiring infections from a
The company's four main areas of focus
are: Reactive decontamination -- the
decontamination of areas recently vacated by
infected patients. "Rooms formerly occupied
by infectious patients are the most likely to
be contaminated and present the highest
risk to incoming patients," added Rick. "In
some instances, we recommend every room
is inspected post-discharge, depending on
the susceptibility of patient groups. For
example, bone marrow transplant patients
likely to experience a neutropenic phase are
at heightened risk of contamination."
The second area is Proactive
decontamination -- the focus is on the
highest risk areas during normal clinical
activity, in order to reduce background
environmental contamination. This includes
high risk areas that see common usage
across a variety of patients, such as toilets,
sluices, treatment rooms, theatres, etc.
We develop proactive plans with hospitals
to enable them to fit
The next focus area is Whole ward
decontamination -- the focus is on
whole wards, carried out in either a
planned discharge and decant program,
or opportunistically as the need arises.
"Hospitals often struggle to release large
clinical areas for planned decant programs,
but evidence to support these programs is
unquestionable," noted Rick.
And finally, Equipment decontamination
programs -- the decontamination of patient
equipment. This can take place on hospital
premises, or in a separate dedicated
facility. "Patient contact with equipment
and furniture is far more common than
the built environment, hence Hygiene
Solutions' works with hospitals to design
specialised decontamination programs,"
Hygiene Solutions' Deprox Automated
Decontamination System is a highly
efficacious Hydrogen Peroxide Vapour (HPV)
bio-decontamination system that achieves a
log six reduction of even the most virulent of
organisms, significantly reducing the risk of
cross-infection. Hydrogen Peroxide vapour
disperses homogeneously throughout the
enclosed space and reaches every surface,
including the underside of objects, corners and
other hard-to-reach areas.
Meanwhile the Ultra-V system is a bio-
decontamination system that emits UV-C
light, which is a proven technology for
Hygiene Solutions is an idea brought to life, born
from a passion for creating safer hospitals in the U.K.
in 2007. Combining skills, contacts, knowledge and
expertise, the family-run company develops automated
disinfection systems to reduce the risk of patients cross
contamination and infection while in hospitals. Range
management team leader, Rick Fentiman, speaks with
INCLEAN's managing editor, Kim Taranto, about the
company's innovative technology.
Ultra-V is an automated disinfection
system that uses ultraviolet light
the reduction of biological contamination.
The technology used by the Ultra-V
monitors and adjusts the process to ensure
consistent results in the reduction of
surface contamination. UV-C light is an
electromagnetic radiation with shorter
wavelength than that of visible light, in
the range of 280 to 100 nm. This short
wavelength is effective in destroying the
DNA in microorganisms and creating safer
Hygiene Solutions has worked with
hospitals around the world to develop
systems and methods that really work to
reduce infection and contamination risk in
the face of these pressures. "We like to work
with hospitals who are prepared to innovate
to produce the best care environment for the
patients," he shared. "Prioritising patients'
wellbeing means that we can work together
to meet the demands of the other political
and financial pressures."
Rick reveals the results of using Hygiene
Solutions' products in an acute Hospital
in Sydney. "We had the whole department
implement a proactive program of
decontamination and saw reduction of
infections such as CPE (Carbapenemase-
producing Enterobacteriaceae) by 70 per cent
for sustained six month periods," he disclosed.
However, Hygiene Solutions strongly
believes that the success of a technology
is not only down to the product or
service itself, but is entirely reliant on
the implementation that is planned and
actioned at a local level. "Hospitals using
our framework have seen lower levels of
infection than parallel hospitals, higher
levels of staff engagement and better
infection control compliance, which
ultimately benefits the patient," stated Rick.
"This framework becomes a language
in the organisation; it becomes a fast
way to implement escalation measures
and -- most of all -- it delivers evidence-
based consistency that gets real value from
investment in technology."
Hygiene Solutions offers
life-saving technology for
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